Rituals make up a good portion of our writing/artistic life. We feel comfort in sticking to rituals that help us achieve our goals. But sometimes life interferes with the routines we would like to maintain.
This weekend I had an amazing rally from my writer friends on Facebook (you know who you are) who offered words of comfort and advice, most of which was to keep writing no matter what.
As writers we all have our struggles to find time to write amidst the many responsibilities that pull at us. We have people we love that need our time, and responsibilities to other endeavors in our life like jobs or school, or maybe health issues that interfere with how much time we can spend on writing. Our fictional world pulls at us to be written down, and we need time and quiet to get into our imagination, formulate our new scenarios and write them out (at least I need quiet—some people have their favorite music).
So, what do we do to get to the writing? I decided to highlight a blog post that offers the rituals, routines and habits of our more famous writers so you can draw inspiration from them if you need it-or just in case you're just curious.
I could relate to the routines of several writers/artists but found that I have my own routine that works best to get things rolling along smoothly for me:
· Get up between
am and read/meditate/jot down ideas then sometimes, go back to
· Get up again around
am, have coffee & toast.
· I do the daily Sodoku while catching news on TV, and read a few funnies and the artist/movies section of the newspaper to see what’s going on in the city of interest to me.
· Dress, walk the dogs and then begin working on writing. I’m into it until I unplug-sometimes at
sometimes not until around 4 pm, depending on what interruptions are bound to intrude, or shopping that needs to be done.
Do you have a writing routine? Care to share it? How consistent are you in keeping to it?