Howdy, howdy! Lately, I’ve gotten back into a pretty steady writing and reading rhythm with this new book. My current novel-in-progress is something I’m still excited about, even after the “new” has worn off. I’ve also found a book that I’m enjoying reading, so that helps a lot. But even though my writing rhythm has changed during this new process, there are still a few things that I couldn’t do without during my writerly time, things that have stuck with me through all of my writing processes. I thought I would take a minute to share them with you.
1. Writing stints. Most writers call them sprints, but that implies a race and I’m not comfortable with that since I type fairly slow. Anyway, these are when I get together with a friend or two, we set word count goals for ourselves, then write for an hour, check in with each other, and start all over again for a second hour. It’s not a regular thing anymore, but it really helps on those days when writing is hard. And we don’t have to do it at the same time (though it’s more fun when we do), as long as we check in at some point.
2. Eye candy or regular candy, I’m not picky. Writing is surprisingly draining, so it’s important to refuel and relax occasionally. For me, that includes music videos with my favorite pretty males. Chocolate also helps. And yes, I totally use the post-writing haze as a rationalization to objectify people (males and females alike) and indulge in sweets.
3. Specific t-shirts. I swear I’m not one of those people who have a writing outfit or something like that, but I do have a few shirts that seem to improve my writing mood. I mean, who wouldn’t want to write when they have Cthulhu on their chest? I tend to be more productive when I’m wearing either of my Cthulhu shirts. My Little Mermaid shirt is also showing promise given how much I achieved the last time I wore it. Some shirts just seem more energizing than others. Don’t judge me until you try it.
4. Mirrors. This is probably just a weird quirk of mine, but I have trouble focusing when I can’t see what’s going on around me. The easiest way for me to do that is with mirrors. If I hear a funny noise behind me, I only have to glance to either side to see what it is. It cuts down on excuses for me to turn away from my computer when I’m working, which helps when I’m looking for a reason to avoid writing.
5. A severe dislike of phone calls. Focusing on writing is so much easier when you have zero desire to make a call or answer a ringing phone. I don’t mind texting, but admit that I don’t answer them right away when I’m writing or reading or eating or unless it’s some kind of emergency… no wonder people rarely text me. Anyway, being an introvert helps with writing time.
What about you? What are five things your writerly or artistic side couldn’t live without? Feel free to share your thoughts or comments here or on my social media pages!
See you next week!