Many writers use different things to help them get through the writing process and beyond. For example, some are visual aide types. Those that use backgrounds, mock covers, print out pictures, ect.
Some are musically inclined, and want to set the mood. They will assign or make playlists to help them get through the process.
Some are inclined to use both~ I am one of those. I want visuals and the music, to help lose myself in the world of my imaginings.
And then after we finally get that manuscript done, we have all the rounds of edits, self doubt, ect that our friends and family help us get through.
So here is a question for you... What do you use to help you stay in that world that tries to burst from your mind? And do you let people read as you write, wait until you are done with the rough draft, or go through countless rounds of edits first?