“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing soundthey make as they fly by.” -- Douglas Adams
Whether you have signed a publishing contract or you are looking for an agent or publisher, you eventually have to face a deadline. Personally, I’m much more motivated to write when I’ve got a doomsday clock counting down when I have to send in a perfectly sculptured manuscript into the hands of an editor who is eagerly waiting for it. Otherwise, to be honest, I can find an excuse not to write every day. Then once I get my butt in the writing chair, I can easily while away the hours on the Internet or catching up on e-mail.
But when I really need a starting gun to hit the track full out, here’s what I do to set the mood:
But whatever you do to get you in the mood to write, make sure you write. A notebook and pen will suffice if you can’t get to a computer. If you need to assign a ritual to get your mind in writing mode, pick a song that gets your blood up. Destiny’s Child “Independent Woman,” Aretha Franklin’s “Think,” Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger,” or what I used to get in the mood to write the erotic retelling of Pride and Prejudice SPANK ME, MR. DARCY, the song “Payphone” by Maroon Five. I’m not sure if it was Adam Levine’s tattoos or the way he looked at the blond in the video, but it inspired me.