July is here! Which means it’s time for another trip with the traveling blog (I hope you’re packed and ready to go).
Zoe posed this month’s question:
What are your writing rituals? (You know, those quirky things you just GOTTA do before you can sit down and write?)
For me, it really depends what setting I’m in. If I’m heading to the bookstore, then I have to get a Dunkin Donuts iced coffee and a bagel (OR a Starbucks frapp if I don’t make a DD run). If I’m home, then I have to situate the pillows just so on the couch so I can sit with my laptop on my lap, but have my legs stretched out.
Music is a must. I have several playlists and albums on my iPod and iPhone. The type of music I listen to varies from movie soundtracks, to New Age, to Alternative Rock, to classical. I also frequent my “stations” on Pandora (Three Days Grace and Evanescence are the main two I listen to). Music energizes me and helps me focus. Without it, fatigue overtakes me and distraction stagnates any efforts at progress.
Once I actually get the Word document open, I like to review the last few pages (or maybe a chapter, cuz I tend to write short chapters–5 to 10 pages) or “fix” something that’s been bugging me since the last time I wrote.
What’s interesting–well, it’s interesting to me, anyway–is that when I write, I envision the scene in front of me, picturing the characters, the setting, the weather, and everybody’s movements. I pay attention to sounds, smells, even taste (even if I don’t comment on them).
The tricky part for me is being mindful about description. It seems clear to me, but then I forget a reader might not picture the same thing I do. Yeah. So as I write this post, I realize I need to enhance my writing with part of my ritual. I need to detail the scenes better, capture ALL the senses, and incorporate some tunes, man!!!
Before you go, what rituals to you do before you write? What happens if you don’t do your ritual? (I know for me it’s like working out without a warm-up first. It shocks my brain and makes the whole experience a LOT less satisfying.)