Routines and Rituals

I’ve seen a fair amount of recommendations about having a routine for your writing.  Write at the same time every day, for instance.

And for rituals (which are often merged with routines) such as, make a cup of tea or coffee, check that your printer has paper, etc, then settle down to write.

And it occurred to me that I have neither a routine nor a ritual.

Writing at the same time every day is hard for me.  I work evening shift so I go to bed whenever I’m too tired to stay up and get up whenever I’m too awake to stay in bed.  Some days I’m in bed by 1:30 in the morning and other days I’m still up at 3:00 or later.

I normally sleep for about six hours, except, of course, on work days, when I have to drag myself out from under the covers after eight or nine hours.  (I just can’t stand the thought of wasting a day off by lying around in bed.)

Oddly, however, I seem to be more productive on work days.  It’s amazing how “I have to leave for work in an hour” brings on a rush of creativity and turn me into the world’s most prolific writer.

So, I was thinking that maybe I needed some sort of routine for writing, and some sort of ritual.

I’m just not sure what they should be.

So, what sort of routines and rituals do you all have?  Is there something you do prior to writing?  Something you wear while writing?  Something you eat or drink only while writing?

I need suggestions and ideas.




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2 responses to “Routines and Rituals

  1. Sorry, can’t help ya there. I don’t have any either. Just a mental yell at myself saying “stop browsing Facebook and start writing, dammit!”

  2. Skye Hegyes

    I would say I have a ritual or routine, but the truth is I don’t. I keep trying to make one, but I don’t follow through with it. The most I can say is that I have to turn on music before I can write. If I have internet, I listen to Pandora or Google Play Music. If I don’t, I have a ton of music downloaded on my computer from various CDs. That’s about it though. And have some kind of drink handy as well as snacks (AKA chocolate candy) handy for when I reach certain goals.

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