I apologize for the late post this morning! Maybe I’ll be forgiven, if I tell you that I’m currently sitting at a table, staring out at a brilliant blue sky, sipping from a steaming cup of tea. The air is cool enough that I *know* fall is on the way. Summer was filled with a lot of odds-and-ends, writing-wise. I prepared a number of proposals for new books, and I did a fair amount of editing on existing manuscripts. My freelance work boomed, and I was wildly busy for several weeks.
But now, it’s time for me to shift into my autumn writing agenda. I have an under-contract novel to draft between now and the end of the year, and I have another that I’d like to write on spec by no later than March.
I’ll get the work done, in large part because of my writing rituals. These little routines get me “in the mood” to write – they let my brain know that it must focus on Story, let my body know that it must stay put in my desk chair.
My rituals are fairly simple. I brew a pot of tea (black in the morning, green in the afternoon, herbal after that.) I check my email accounts, my blogs, and Facebook. I look in on my business interests, checking how many copies of which books have sold electronically.
And then, I write.
If I skip a step (go without tea, ignore the blogs, forget to check on book sales), my mind wanders. I remember a hundred other things I have to do. I leap on any possible distraction.
But if I complete the ritual, then I produce. And after I produce words, words, words, I end with a few mini-rituals. I save my work. I complete my calendar to-do list for the next day. I read through my synopsis to know what I’ll be writing the next day. And then, I walk away from the office for the rest of the day.
Nothing too complicated. Nothing too time-consuming. But it gets the job done.
How about you? What are your writing rituals? What makes you the most productive writer you can be, session after session?
(I’ll be away from my computer for most of the day, but I’ll look forward to reading your comments when I’m able!)