In the Mood
As a child, I enjoyed daydreaming and I loved climbing as high as I could in a tree so I could enjoy the total solitude. Sharing my thoughts and feelings with nature, there's a poem by David McCord called "Every Time I Climb a Tree" and when I read it, I'm instantly transported back to 1962.
In many ways, mood effects writing. Mood directly relates to what a person writes, where they write and how they write. Sometimes creativity needs a boost.
Autumn puts me in a day-dreamy mood. I love to sit outside or walk through the woods and …think. Just think. Let my mind go where it will. Listen to the birds, smell the Fall air, crunch the leaves under my feet and dream.
Karle Wilson Baker's poem Days goes like this:
Some days my thoughts are just cocoons-all cold, and dull and blind,
They hang from dripping branches in the grey woods of my mind;
And other days they drift and shine-such free and flying things!
I find the gold-dust in my hair, left by their brushing wings.
Writers are moody creatures. We get in the mood to write and our minds concentrate on the heroine in our next story or we're trying to figure out the best way to kill a really good person. First, we have to create the person whom everyone loves and deeply cares for, before we knock them off. In the meantime, life goes on, the phone rings, the baby cries, our husbands demand our attention and we find ourselves getting in a discouraging mood. Finally, we get everything settled down and return to our writing, but now we are not in the mood.
To get back in the mood, I read poetry, take a walk, listen to music or get a hot cup of coffee, open my blinds and stare out the window—daydreaming. Is there a poem or song that takes you back in time? What do you do to get in the mood?
Share your thoughts, your memories and your mood in the comments. (Bad moods welcome—good moods appreciated).
Every Time I Climb a tree http://www.strangelove.net/~kieser/Poetry/tree.html
Rachel by Cher'ley Grogg
Autumn by Mexicanwave http://www.freepicturesfreepictures.com/