Write It Down Already!

I don’t know how all writers work. I can however, say that in order for me to actually sit down at the computer and write I need to be in the right frame of mind. If I am stressed or in a real crappy mood, nothing turns out right I get frustrated to the point where I want to kill off all my characters. When I get a story idea the first thing I think is I should really get this down on paper, but rarely do I do that right away. I can walk around with an idea in my head for days before I actually sit down and write it out. I don’t outline or plot and as the days pass the idea develops in my head and I know what the beginning, middle and end will be. It’s all a visual process for me I not only need, but I also want to see the story developing in my head like a movie. Granted this isn’t always an effective way to begin, for me anyway, I do get visually overwhelmed to the point where I don’t know where to start, does that make sense? Some scenes stand out more than others do therefore I don’t always start from the beginning, but the important thing is to start…
Tell me: Do you need to be in the right frame of mind to write? Are there things you do to get in the zone? How long from the time you get the story line idea in your head, to when you actually get to writing it?

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