Writers and others who create can be especially affected--both good and bad--by their senses. There are many ways each of those five senses work for or against us. Our job is to learn how to best control and use them to our advantage.
But there's an upside to noise, too. With the ease of downloading music and even making our favorite tunes portable in every sense of the word, writers are creating music playlists to set the mood and tone of their characters and storylines, not only for one or two scenes, but throughout an entire book. For instance, Deborah Harkness, author of the best-selling A Discovery of Witches, posted the playlist of all the songs she listened to while writing the book on Facebook. But music not only can set the mood of our stories, it can also set our mood to write. A bouncy, fun tune can get us moving, when before, we may have been battling inertia. If nothing else, turning on the radio can evoke random emotions and help lift our moods.
Just for fun, try eating in the dark. Dark dining, where restaurants serve their food in the dark, has become a trend in several large cities. While I'm not sure I'd enjoy dropping my food in my lap at a restaurant--even if the lights are out--it might be fun to try it in the dark at home...and alone.
Take some time to think about your senses and how each of them affects your mood. In time, you'll learn how to manipulate your moods with your senses, whether it's tasting, seeing, hearing, touching, or smelling, and use them to your advantage. And don't forget to use those five senses in your writing to make it come alive!
Why did I choose the blue and black Yin Yang? Because I like it! ☺