They say that it helps train your brain for a specific activity if you can expose yourself to the same sort of stimuli each time you do it. Sound and scent are suggested most of all, but some people train their brains with lucky hats or a special pen. I can’t work off of smell since I change my perfume and/or bath scents on a daily basis (I currently smell like Pomegranate and Mango if you care to know), I prefer my hats cute and not necessarily lucky, and I’m too hard on pens to have a special one.
But I’m a sucker for sound.
I don’t have particular playlists for projects (at least not yet), but the main playlist that I did all of my writing to last year started with Adele’s Chasing Pavements. It’s a beautiful song and her voice is just haunting. Even now I can hear the opening line, and my brain immediately goes into writer mode. I start thinking about the next phase of the story, start plotting the next twist, start entertaining new shineys. For this reason I have to avoid this song during edits, but new words are coming soon and I’ll definitely use it to Poke the Muse.
So tell me. What are you using to Poke your Muse?