Writing requires inspiration that is not always easy to find. A writer must also be in a certain mood to build upon their imagination. As every writer does, I struggle with finding ways to harness my creativity and keep the process going, so I have decided to share some tactics I enlist to get my creative juices flowing as I tackle them. This is an ongoing project. Step by step.

Today isn’t about inspiration, but creating a mood. I need to craft an awesome ending that will do my story justice, so I am going to turn to music to help arouse the correct mood.

In the era of playlists it is easy to construct a hodgepodge of songs that suit whatever mood I need to create. Here is my recipe:

  • Figure out what emotions you need to conjure;
  • Peruse iTunes for music that matches those feelings (you may already own them);
  • Add songs to your iPod in a playlist (I pick music exclusive to the moment so the sentiment isn’t clouded);
  • Put ear buds in or blast out your neighbors;
  • Find a place to write; and
  • Type away.
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Sara O'Connor

A dreamer, a writer, a critic, an avid reader and the endless seeker of enlightenment through education. Basically, that translates to a girl who loves to read and discusses what she is reading and writing with anyone who will listen so that she doesn’t have to think about her obscenely large student loan debt. She holds a BA in pre-law, a Masters from Northeastern University in Communication Management with a focus in Social Media Marketing and Personal Branding and is currently working on an MFA in creative writing, but believes she has learned the most from writing…lots and lots of writing. She is also the owner of the literary and lifestyle business marketing an management firm, Voir Media Group.
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