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1. Emotional Wreck
This is my preferred mental state for writing and never fails to deliver some quality stuff. I prefer to grab my laptop and tissues, post an emotional outburst (marital discord, child related, writing related, work related, food related), and just start typing.
2. Sugar Rush Happy This mental state works for me if I need to churn out the words. I like to demolish a slab of chocolate, wait for the sugar rush, dance off any excess energy and then start typing looking slightly flushed.
3. The Coffee High
This mental state is good for stories involving the paranormal, aliens and the unknown. I find a large strong coffee will work a treat. I like to then sit back and let my caffeine stewed mind go wild.
4. The Low mood
This mental state is useful for sad or depressing scenes. I tend to find that during this mental state I will spend ages dragging out a particular scene whilst getting more and more morose.
5. Hormonally Charged
This mental state is so useful for romantic scenes or fight scenes – depending on where I am in my menstrual cycle obviously – sigh!
Let me know what your preferred mental state is for writing?