My friend, Debra St. John, and I were discussing writing and editing our manuscripts. We both agreed we get a lot more accomplished if we're in the right mood.
Some people may consider it a copout, but if I'm too tired or too rushed, I can't give my manuscript the focus it deserves.
But what if I'm never in the mood?
Sometimes it's not easy to psych myself up to get back into the mood once I'm out of it.This started to happen after putting aside my work in progress to clear the basement after the recent flooding.
I wanted to get the editing of Forever Young-Blessing or Curse started again, but part of me said I didn't, mainly because I'd gotten out of the habit of being in the mood.
After setting aside a block of time with no interruptions, I went to the manuscript and began editing and kept at it. Soon I was back in the mood, getting into the flow where I wanted to be.
I'm not done yet, but I'm getting there. I used some trickery to get back into the mood, but it worked.
What about you? Do you have to be in the mood to write or edit? Do you sometimes trick yourself into getting back into the mood?