What's Your Writing Security Blanket?
What gets you in the mood to write? What conditions have to be in place before you can create?
I have a certain list of songs that go with every part of my book, so I play that while working. Not too loud though.
I have to have a glass of water nearby because somehow I get dehydrated while writing. I think I bite my lip a lot. Also, it could be all the cussing.
The TV is hardly ever on—that is way too distracting for me, mostly because I'll turn to watch it and lose my train of thought.
No snacks. I will go and take a snack break—just nothing by the computer.
People can't come in and talk to me. That will make me nuttier than a Babe Ruth candy bar.
I will not sit down to write when I know I'll get inturrupted by anyone or anything. The cat and dog can't be hungry, I'll make sure the kids are busy . . . but you know, they always come in with some problem the second I sit down. "Mom, Liam ripped Sleeping Beauty's head off!" or "Mom, I wanna cookie!" or "Meow!" This is why I get up so darn early to write. It's dark, it's cold and only vampires are awake. But getting up early makes me just wackadoo enough to write some really neat sentences.
I think that's it. I surf the net a lot. It's like a tick or something.
What are your little security blankets?