I think most writers have rituals of some sort. They may be vastly different from one writer to the next, but it seems that most writers I’ve met or talked to have specific ways of “warming up” to the task of writing. So, I give you my writing ritual.
Most days, I write in the mornings. It’s a rare thing for me to write in the afternoons or evenings, though it has happened at least a handful of times. Somewhere between 9 am and 10 am is when I sit down at my desk.
The first thing I do is pick out what I’m in the mood to listen to. I posted a couple of weeks ago that I must have some background noise while I write. I either listen to an instrumental playlist or use a background noise app. Today I chose noise. I like the Noisli app, and my favorite option there is the coffeehouse sounds.
Then I light a scented candle. I can’t tell you why I do this, except to say that I like things that smell good. Scented candles don’t impact my productivity, they’re just nice! And this is just a personal thing, but I like to keep my scented candles seasonal. I’ve already used up or given away my summer scents, so I had to use this lilac-scented candle, which is more of a spring smell. Oops! I’m going to try my best not to be too OCD about it.
Once I have background noise or music and a lovely scent wafting, I then pull out this book. I’ve been working my way through it since January 1.
There is a passage for every day of the year, and so far, the majority have been kept to one page. This book is filled with tips, motivation, and inspiration to help make the writing life more joyful. Before I start writing or start a writerly task, I learn something new or am reminded of something to help make the writing seas a bit smoother.
Now I’m finally ready to warm up my writing muscles. I get out my journal and box of journaling prompts. Depending on how I feel, I pull 2-4 prompts from the box, grab a Le Pen from my desk tray, and go to town.
I love journaling before I actually start to write! Whether I’m writing a book or short story, a blog post, or my author newsletter, journaling really gets my brain in the right mindset. After I put my journal and prompts away, I fire up my laptop.
Not only am I all set for the day’s task (when I took this photo, the job was writing my newsletter) but I smile when I see my new-ish white laptop! I know that sounds cheesy, but what can I say? It’s the little things, people!
How long I have to work really depends on the day and what else I have going on, but thanks to my writing ritual, my sessions are always productive! If you’re a writer and have your own routine, I’d love to hear about it. Drop me a comment!