How to Create a Good Mood for Writing

Posted on October 25, 2013


ImageAlthough writing is rarely about the “mood” you are in and is more about whether or not you discipline yourself to simply write, there are certainly ways to prompt more creativity. If you prepare yourself to write, you are more likely to produce better ideas and better quality writing. Here are a few ways you can create a good mood for writing the best work you possibly can.

1. Spend time thinking and being solitary.

Many writers are stereotyped as “loners” but that doesn’t mean that all writers always seek out or enjoy long periods of solitude. Extroverts can be writers too, and introverts love their friends and families as well. In our society, it is all-too-easy to get caught up in a constantly bustling, always occupied lifestyle. We feel a need to surround ourselves with noise—listening to music, talking, playing a game—or avoiding “down time” with our own thoughts—watching TV, scanning Facebook newsfeeds, or tweeting and texting with our phones. Very rarely do we take a break. It may demand a conscious effort on your part, but remove the guilt associated with saying “no” or giving yourself time to rest. Then do something that prompts rather than squelches or redirects thought. You can’t come up with original ideas if you don’t have some space, quiet, and time to think.

2. Read everything.

Grab the latest New York Times bestseller or take a moment to enjoy a children’s book. Read something you wouldn’t normally give a second glance. Explore new thoughts and new styles of writing. You know writers read but you don’t have to limit yourself to literary pieces. Pick up the newspaper or flip through a magazine. Click through some blogs on the Internet. You never know where you may find inspiration.

3. Explore/enjoy other hobbies.

If you already have hobbies outside of writing, make sure to dedicate time to those. Whether you are on a tight writing schedule or not, you need to give yourself time to pursue other interests and avoid burnout. If you don’t have many hobbies outside of writing and reading, try new things. Maybe you’ll find that your creative skills flourish in the world of paining or scrapbooking as well. Start learning that instrument you always wanted to play. Sign up for races or walks, or begin a collection. New activities will give you more experiences, as well as down time in which to relax and replenish your creativity.

4. Live life.

This is simple, but vital. Enjoy the little things in life. Don’t just exist—live! Take risks or try something different. Travel if you get the chance. Take time for friends and their stories and interests. Learn something new. Appreciate what you have. Find the things that you enjoy or discover your purpose and pursue it. Step back, breathe, and pull your head out of the daily grind and enjoy something simple and refreshing. The more that you live and make the most of your time, your opportunities, and your dreams, the more experiences you will have to draw on.

The best way to write well and discover a “writing mood” is to think and live well. Refuse to only live vicariously through characters in books, whether they are your own or ones you read about. Don’t be just a daydreamer and a writer—be a doer who writes about his experiences. 

Rachel Schade, Writer, Editor, Publishing Coordinator, Asta Publications

Asta Publications has a long history of helping writers tell their stories and get published. Since 2004, Asta Publications has helped hundreds of authors bring their book concepts to life and we are ready to help you too! Our dedication to our authors is unmatched. We deliver first-class products and services that are accurate, high quality, and exceed our authors’ expectations.

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