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  1. Raimey Gallant
    May 29, 2020 @ 00:57

    That anthology theme has got my brain working, and wow, what a lineup of judges. Should be some really interesting entries.

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  3. Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy
    May 7, 2020 @ 19:20

    Music helps so much for getting in the zone 🙂

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  4. Anna
    May 6, 2020 @ 21:19

    Another anthology in the making. Looks like an exciting summer ahead. 😉

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  5. Lee Lowery
    May 6, 2020 @ 20:33

    Another rainstorm lover here! I have RainyMood.com up in my browser, and if a real rain storm is on the loose, I head for the porch with the laptop and a glass of wine! (ok, tea if it’s before noon!) I’m psyched about the new anthology – dark sci-fi. What could be more fun!

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  6. ChemistKen
    May 6, 2020 @ 18:49

    I listen to rainstorm tracks, and occasionally ambient background sounds, but that’s about it. Listening to actual music, even ones without words, just pulls me right out of the zone because I can’t help but think about the music.

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  7. Karen Lynn
    May 6, 2020 @ 17:46

    Hey! You and I have the same writing sound-track! I love rain sounds in particular, and I’ll zone out to the sound of frogs pretty easily. I also have a white-noise app on my phone for those moments when you need to ignore the noise around you on-the-go. Listening to static always makes me feel a little weird, though. 😉
    Happy IWSG Day!

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  8. Olga Godim
    May 6, 2020 @ 16:46

    Sometimes, talking about my story, brainstorming ideas, could get my writing out of the rut. My best conversational partner in this is my son. He writes too, although nothing published yet.

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  9. JQ Rose
    May 6, 2020 @ 12:59

    I understand the background sounds and music when writing–for others–but not for me. When I am IN the zone, I don’t even like hearing the roar of the lawn mower going by my window! I have asked Alexa to play thunder storms and ocean sounds, but never while I am writing. I agree with going back to the previous pages to get in the zone, but I usually end up editing them! LOL Thanks for sharing. It just proves we are all different and that’s a good thing.
    JQ Rose

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  10. Jacqui Murray
    May 6, 2020 @ 12:20

    That’s interesting the thunderstorm sounds et al get you into the zone. I might try that if I’m ever distracted. Good tips you gave in your article, over on Alex’s blog.

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  11. Cheryl Lee McKenzie
    May 6, 2020 @ 11:47

    I like the idea of reading what you wrote the day before. That is definitely a great way to kickstart the next bit of writing!

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  12. C. Lee McKenzie
    May 6, 2020 @ 11:45

    I like the idea of reading what you wrote the day before. That is definitely a great way to kickstart the next bit of writing!

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  13. Alex J. Cavanaugh
    May 6, 2020 @ 11:24

    Several people have mentioned listening to rain. Must be because it’s soothing.

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  14. joylene
    May 6, 2020 @ 10:01

    I found a few awesome channels on youtube so that now my home is filled with relaxing and healing music. One of my favourites is Moola Mantra, Karunesh World Music.

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  15. Pat Garcia
    May 6, 2020 @ 09:59

    Hi,
    I love the idea of listening to music or listening to the rain. Rain opens up my emotions and helps me write emotional passages in my books.
    All the best.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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  16. Beverly Stowe McClure
    May 6, 2020 @ 08:54

    Those are some good ideas to help get started on writing. I like to look outside at the birds and butterflys.

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  17. Anonymous
    May 6, 2020 @ 08:02

    I like how you get inspiration and writing lists can help too. I like to read a little of what I wrote at my last writing session to get into the mood.

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  18. Erika Beebe
    May 6, 2020 @ 08:01

    I love music to set the mood. I also reread previous writing to refresh what I’ve addressed and how to continue to push the suspense. There’s so much to celebrate this month! Happy IWSG Day 🙂

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  19. L. Diane Wolfe
    May 6, 2020 @ 07:31

    Going back a couple pages and re-reading what I wrote usually helps me.

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