(Chris asked me to post this for him. He's away at a SF con in Canberra and will check in later to answer and discuss your comments -- Amanda)
Rowena's post got me curious about what writers do to get in the mood, or stay in the mood when they write. For me it depends on what I am doing. I used to always write to music, but these days I tend to prefer quite when I am first-drafting - I like to get completely absorbed. Whereas for editing -- which Louise Cousak once described as Creative Bookkeeping -- I still enjoy cranking up the music and even singing along (aren't you glad you're not there!)
I would never have thought about using visuals to set a mood like Rowena does. I can usually evoke any sort of feeling in myself by thinking it (having a reason to evoke it is another story) and imagination serves pretty well for the setting. I guess when writing particular scenes I am dipping into a store of emotional memory, built up over all my experiences. This is why I guess I crave new experiences to add depth and breath to this.
How many of you write to music? What other ways do you get inspired or stay in the mood while you write? If artwork does the trick, why not dance? I guess it might be a little tricky balancing the laptop, but there is always dictating software. Surely somewhere there is a dancer/writer who could bounce along doing ballet while furiously dictating a stream of words at top speed.