Do you do anything to get in the mood to write? Do you need anything special beside you?
Other than a tall drink? Yes:
1. Have written the day before.
2. Have read what I wrote the day before.
3. Resist the urge to trash what I wrote. Light edits only.
4. Clear enough junk away from the computer desk so I don’t get distracted or depressed by expired coupon for free pizza, a postcard from Hawaii, the “To Do” list of household chores, and that rave review of someone else’s book.
5. Place mug of cold coffee or glass of lukewarm fizzy water next to computer and promise myself not to spill it on the keyboard.
6. Turn off Internet connection and email notification or forget about getting anything done.
7. Read Richard Diebenkorn’s note to himself about beginning a new painting (which I keep on a board in front of me):
“Attempt what is not certain. Certainty may or may not come later. It may then be a valuable delusion.”