Remember that time you sat down and everything went right. You had great ideas, there was no writer’s block to hold you back, and it all sounded good as you typed it?
Every writer hopes for this moment, but how often does it really come? How many writers consistently enjoy these perfect writing sessions? Not many.
Writing is (as you know) a tough career. With work and social lives, it can be especially hard to find time to write, let alone find the time when you are in your best creative spirit. It comes down to eliminating some of the fun stuff like TV and simply (and impulsively if you must) forcing yourself to write.
Even if you think you’re not in the spirit, do it.
That magical moment is never going to come. At least not if you don’t start writing first. Who knows, you might start off in a bad mood, but find your creative spirit once you warm up a little.
You cannot wait until you “feel like writing.”
Many writers choose to start off their early mornings with writing. I can attest to this. Like toadstools after a rainstorm, my best ideas usually pop up in my head around 5 AM. The scientific standing of this is DMT.
DMT is the chemical in our brains that causes dreams. And dreams, as you know, are often creative and sometimes offer great stories.
Early in the morning, our brains still carry DMT, so we are able to use this for better writing and better story ideas. And in the early morning, you will probably be a little calmer and have fewer distractions—there just isn’t much going on in the ungodly hours.
Another time to write is just after exercise. Cardio exercise like running or swimming elevates your mood in the short-term and this can be a factor in helping you write.
But really, I think exercise helps calm a person down by getting rid of excess energy. This means you end up a little less distracted and more focused. Also, exercise will get the blood flowing and help you work more actively.
If these don’t help, I suggest you take a two-day vacation or week-end trip. Bring your laptop and get yourself to do focused writing there for a few hours. Then come back to your normal writing place and see how you suddenly have a boost in your writing focus.