I thought I would do a blog post to warm up my keyboard this morning. I have read several accounts over the years about writers and their rituals; the little things they do, collect, or arrange in order to prepare for writing something great.
I have tried
several rituals over the years. I have to say that I don't really have
any exciting, or bizarre rituals. I collect pens and pencils, which
seems logical, and notebooks. I go out and buy new pens (or pencils, as I
am finding them more satisfying) and notebooks every time I want to
start something new. I have tried to use notebooks and/or pens from my
stockpile in the past, but they never seem to do the trick. It always
has to be a brand new notebook, and pen or pencil.
have always craved a more bizarre ritual, something odd I could call my
own while I write. Something that would put me up there with the truly
eccentric authors. I haven't really found one yet. I haven't even found a
"fashionable vice" (future blog post about fashionable vices in writing
is in the works) to use while I am writing. I don't smoke, drink
alcohol to excess, or any other thing that is truly a dangerous vice. I
mean, I eat chocolate, but who can resist? In fact, I have tried to
incorporate chocolate into my writing ritual, but it doesn't stick
around for long. I am usually too distracted to eat when I am writing.
That has been my only constant food-ish goodie that I keep at my
keyboard side. I am probably tempting fate by keeping a beverage near my
laptop (which is pretty much a desktop computer because it never leaves
my desk), but I need to have my coffee.
Ideally, I would have an office that had a door I could close, and all
my cozy knick knacks and shelves overflowing with books. I like mojos.
Photos, pictures, knickknacks. I think my muse is a latent packrat. At
the moment I have my office corner in my bedroom and it is working out
well even though it doesn't have a door, it is still *my* space for the
So, pens, pencils, coffee, mojos and
location seem to be my elements for writing...OH! And music. How could I
forget music!? Usually my characters have their own soundtracks. And of
course, my overall story has one as well, but it is usually driven by
my characters' music, and they all have their own favorites. I find
myself listening to music I never thought I would like just to appease
I think my rituals will be continuously
evolving as I settle into my true dream career of writing. I wonder what
will try to invite itself into my "office" next.