More About Writing Rituals
Blogger: Wendy Lawton
I wrote about writing rituals some five years ago here, but with Sunday’s Superbowl and all the talk of fan rituals– like not shaving for the whole season, or refusing to change underwear as long as the team was winning– I thought it would be fun to revisit our own quirks and foibles, rituals and routines.
My husband’s favorite novelist, Louis L’Amour used to say, “I could sit in the middle of Sunset Boulevard and write with my typewriter on my knees.” He added, ”Temperamental I am not.” You have to love that kind of grit but most of us have a set of rituals or routines that set the stage for creativity.
Maria Popova wrote a great article about the Daily Routines of Famous Authors. It’s fun to read but today I don’t want to talk about famous authors, I want to hear about your rituals and routines.
First, though, just for fun, I want you take this unscientific quiz:
- Do you write best in:
- Spotless surroundings with a clean desk?
- A comfy nest with resources and favorite things piled around?
- A setting best slated for an upcoming episode of Hoarders?
- Do you do your best work:
- In a solitary environment, no music, no people bugging you?
- With a little noise, a little music, a few interruptions?
- Amid pure chaos? It breeds creativity and that pioneer spirit.
- Do you have a certain object or objects that connect to your writing, like scented candles, a certain pen or a favorite drink?
- Yes. These are important to set the atmosphere for writing.
- Sometimes yes, sometimes no.
- I’d like to, but I can’t find them from one writing session to the next.
- Your daily word count goal:
- Is set in stone.
- Is a guideline. Sometimes I exceed it, sometimes I fall a little short. I don’t beat myself up over it.
- What’s a daily word count goal?
- Your writing day:
- Follows a pattern.
- Is pretty fluid.
- Is hit or miss.
Scoring: Add up the numbers corresponding to your answers.
If you scored 5-8 you are in the Ant group. Your writing environment and routine are very important to you. Beauty and order have high value. You like to control your writing space and your writing time.
If you scored 9-12 You are in our Cricket group. You’re a little more easygoing about where and when you write but you do like some structure to your writing endeavor. You get it done and you don’t make the people around you crazy.
If you scored 13 – 15 you are in our Grasshopper group. You’re the laid back, creative writer. Noise, people and piles inspire your creativity. Dishes and laundry can wait.
So. Once again it’s your turn. Are you an ant? A cricket? A grasshopper? Can you guess where I fall? What are your writing rituals/ habits. Why do these spark creativity?
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