Howdy, howdy! I know a lot of people who can sit down and write with little to no hoopla, but I also know a lot of others who have to perform a kind of ritual before they can get the words to flow. I’m a little bit of both. There are only a couple of things that I have to do before I can write, everything else is just procrastination (at least I’m honest). But I thought I would share how my routine/ritual usually works.
My routine starts with my morning (actually, it’s noon-ish, but I don’t know what else to call getting out of bed and getting dressed) ritual. It takes about an hour and a half to finish because of the whole cripple thing. I can’t just jump up, throw pants on, and be ready for the day. That has to be done regardless of whether I write or not, so I don’t know if it really counts as part of the writing ritual or not.
Anyway, while Dad makes breakfast, I do all the little things that would normally draw my attention away from writing if I didn’t get them done. I post on my social media and respond to any comments, I check my email and note who I need to write back when, I play a round of my mindless games, and I work on the crossword puzzle. All of these things are just procrastination waiting to happen, so I try to get it out of the way before I eat (or right after if breakfast is a quick one).
Breakfast is the only big thing that I have to do before writing. It’s impossible for me to focus on anything productive if I’m hungry. After food, I open the files I’ll need to get started on my work, do another quick social media and email check, set a timer for an hour, then start writing. After the hour is up, I log my word count and do another round of short procrastination, then write for another hour. I can usually meet my writing goal in two hours, but occasionally I’ll do a third. I will say this: I can usually write even if I don’t break it up by hours if I have to, but I find it harder to concentrate that way.
I know, I know. My writing rituals and routines aren’t all that interesting. There’s little to no blood sacrifice going on (it constantly surprises me too). But it’s how I usually work and it’s been good to me. When I stop being (kind of) productive, I’ll try something new. Maybe I’ll throw in a complicated chant or something to summon the muse. All my stuff aside, what works for you? Do you have a particular routine or ritual that gets you into the mood?