The awesome co-hosts for the May 6 writing rituals to get in the zone edition of the IWSG are Feather Stone, Beverly Stowe McClure, Mary Aalgaard, Kim Lajevardi, and Chemist Ken!
I like to write at work. Which is to say, I try to get a couple hundred words in over my lunch hour, while sitting in a crowded break room, and being interrupted regularly. Writing rituals to get in the zone? I’m not even sure there is a zone, some days. There’s no magic key to getting uninterrupted time. I like earphones. They’re a visible reminder that I am doing something else, and sometimes they work.
What am I listening to on those earphones, you ask?
Well, it would have been music, once. Something classical, with a long playtime. (At least long enough to get me through lunch.) Well, even if there are no words, the music, itself, becomes a distraction after a while. So, I’ve moved on to the sound of rain. It’s fairly easy to find tracks that are long enough, and the sound does a really excellent job of blocking out the noises in the break room.
Beyond that? No. I get enough strange looks when I pull out the fountain pen or the tiny keyboard that goes with my phone. (Co-Workers prefer the tiny keyboard for some reason.)
Most of the rituals are things that make the process easier, not just add-ons. I have a writing notebook. THE notebook. The one that keeps everything together, goes in my purse, and keeps my novel from being scattered across an infinite number of cocktail napkins. Since I work with fountain pens, if one runs out of ink, I refill them all. They were bound to be close to running out, right? And does a bullet journal count as a ritual? Because I have one. It’s hideous.
I’d love to say that eating over my manuscript is vital to creativity. And I’d love to say that the food has to be something fabulous. I simply can’t write a word, until I’ve spilled three drops of mango passion fruit compote on the opening scene. Nope. I’m just eating. Microwave burrito, anyone?
I’ll love to see what everybody else has come up with, though. I’m not above begging. So, tell me… what works for you? If you have time, stick around and read the story I wrote for the Storytime Blog Hop, or just move in and read them all. The list is here.