It seems many writers have rituals they follow to write, whether it’s using a favorite pen, lighting a candle, or eating apples in the bathtub (Agatha Christie).
Pundits say rituals are a great way to overcome writer’s block, and even recommend creating some (rituals) to maintain a flow of writing.
Yesterday, I was perusing a new book, The Writer's Desk, by Jill Krementz. This incredible book is filled with pictures of famous writers at their desks. Each author also has a little blurb about writing and a lot of them have peculiar, or at the very least idiosyncratic, rituals. (I highly recommend the book, BTW, especially if you’re obsessed with writer’s lairs as I am.)
Personally, I like to go for long walks with my dog to do my writer thinking. Sometimes so much comes to me that I’m afraid I’ll forget something. As I commented In JSB’s blog, it’s time for me to take a tape recorder along.
As for sitting down to write, I’m not aware of any particular ritual, other than lighting a candle and making sure I have some type of beverage at hand.
I’m curious to know if you have any rituals and, if so, what are they?
Here are some links about writer rituals:
- Getting Ready to Write: Rituals vs. Distractions - Posted by John Hewitt
- Who, What, When, and Where of Writing Rituals - By Kathleen O'Shaughnessy, Connie McDonald, Harriet Maher, and Ann Dobie
- Building Writing Confidence - By G.M. Smith
- Writing Rituals - By J.R. Murdock
- And a poem about writing rituals by Ken Rumsey - “Writing Ritual”