What experiences make you feel pumped up about your writing? What people, music, art, events, authors, sounds, places, and sensations leave you motivated rather than deflated?

Do you make a point of including them in your daily schedule?

The theme of this week will be energy. Being aware of our emotional and psychological energy is one of the most important things we can do for our writing (or for any creative endeavor). Today, take some time to think about what pumps you up, and set aside some time for it—not just once in awhile, but regularly.

What pumps you up for your writing day?

To get you in the mood, listen to and watch (a very young) Elvis Costello performing his 1978 hit, “Pump It Up.”