Friday, June 13, 2014

Reader Friday: Writing Rituals


Do you have any rituals associated with your writing routine? For example, always using a favorite mug, or tidying your space before settling down to work?

11 comments:

  1. Avoidance seems to be my only ritual, lately. Once the nice weather hits, it's very difficult for me to get more than a few paragraphs done. I love being outside in the mornings (my usual writing time) but I can't seem to combine them both. Can't see my laptop screen very well outside. I'm thinking a screened gazebo is the answer (mosquitoes are horrendous this year).

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  2. Not really, unless you count making the coffee and drinking a lot of it first. But that's not so much as ritual as first aid.

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    1. Try intravenous tube...and DEPENDS Saves time away from the desk.

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    2. I'm with Adam. WAY too much information!

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    3. Okay, pretend I never said it. Neener, neener.

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  3. Have to get what I call my "ablutions" done. Technically, this fancy word for washing your face in the morning but to me it means getting all the little stuff around the house out of the way -- making bed, feeding dogs, putting dishes away, folding laundry. Only then is my brain clear enough to let the "talking heads" take over. When things are not going well with the WIP, ablutions can expand to take up your day. Amazing how that happens... :)

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  4. There's really no end of fooling around: email, GoodReads, Harbor Freight Catalog, Google News, TKZ (of course) and coffeeeeee!

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  5. My pre-writing ritual first starts with my ablutions, ceremoniously performed while standing on a mat made of the stings of a thousand giant New Guinean Hornets, sharp side up. This helps focus my mind internally and remind me that the story is inside not outside with the pain.

    Then I go outside and sacrifice a squirrel on the altar of Eep to ensure fast thinking and fast action.

    Don't worry, it's a virtual sacrifice, there's only a limited number of squirrels in my yard and Roger volunteered for it. I think he sees it as a free massage with the bonus that he gets access to the bird seed bin.

    Once those are completed, and after Fillii, Boffin and the gang have gathered about, I sit in my comfy chair with a glass of whatever I fancy that day, raise the laptop screen to block out all other realities and begin.

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  6. Making coffee, feeding the birds, then reading The Detroit Free Press--that's our morning paper. I am constitutionally unable to do anything until I've done these things. Mind you, reading the Freep guarantees nothing about what comes next, it's just a prereq.

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  7. When the weather is good enough for the windows to be open, I always burn incense. Nothing floral, usu coffee or sandalwood or just some Nag Champa.

    But where I live, that time is limited from about March to May. So sometimes I will cheat and burn the stick for a few seconds; just enough to get the smell in the air without setting off the smoke alarms!

    The smell seems to calm and center me, and I always get into the groove far faster with it than without.

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