I have to write with some noise in the background. It can't be the bickering of my kids, the TV at 40 on the volume level, or the dog barking. It can't even be the kids playing mini-sticks or video games. I need music. With each new project, I create a playlist that reminds me of the characters and the struggle in the story. I love creating new playlists and will oftentimes listen to it even when I'm not writing to help keep me in that world.
What quirky things do you do when you write or start a new project?