But sometimes it's tough to get into the creative mood. Those juices don't always come on demand.
Those are the times I listen to music. And lots of it. There's just something about music that helps to inspire me.
And I like all kinds of tunes. As a child of the '80s, I fondly remember the "big hair bands" like Warrant, Poison, and Stryper. My first album was a Men at Work one. At some point I found a few country artists who spoke to me: Toby Keith, Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift.
Then there's the classics. Sometimes it's better to have the instrumentals just so I don't get caught up in the words.
However, my favorite writing music has a Celtic undertone. Enya and Celtic Women are often heard from my office as I crank out a few thousand words for the day.
Like any other "mental devise," though, even my stand-by selections don't always work. I'm often in search of new bands, new songs to add to the mix.
What music do you suggest? What inspires you? What is good to write to?