How do you get in the mindset of your genre? Do you research people or facts? Do you just reach into the recesses of your mind for events that would make a good story? Something else?”
My preferred genre is suspense or horror, so that puts me into the weird (and possibly in need of direct observation) category. Getting into the mood to write in this genre however, is sometimes difficult. I hover on the edge of it until unexpectedly the darkness grabs me and I'm able to write some truly wild stuff. I suppose it should bother me that the best stuff I write is when I'm truly being diabolical or psychotic or imagining things that are usually best left alone.
I probably could do research for my stories, but I've found that the best ideas I come up with are those that creep along the back of my mind, waiting for me to notice them. When I do feel that chill down my back, I make sure I write the idea down though. It doesn't happen all the time, so I try to grab the tiger by the tail whenever it does.
Incidentally, I often write outside of my chosen genre. The reason for that is I'm trying to find my groove. I'm trying to fully embrace the darkness and stay there until the writing is done. But sometimes a story pops into my head and I just can't ignore it, even if it isn't in the genre I'd rather be known for.
If you haven't had a chance to stop by my wonderful bud Michelle H's post, get on over there. Tomorrow Michelle M. will finish up this round with what will probably be a truly revealing answer (no pressure Michelle, heh heh). And how do you get in the mindset of your genre? Let me know in the comments.