Writing rituals

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Do you write for a living, or spend a lot of time writing? For some, writing can be a way to relax and unwind. Others may write because their boss pays them to do so, and still others make money and relax at the same time.

Like other routine tasks, having a ritual can be helpful (or even essential). I like to turn on my saved music list (formerly Imeem, now MySpace Music). It’s not random music like the radio, so I can get into a groove and block out outside distractions. I do find myself singing along, but because I know the songs so well, it doesn’t require any mental energy.

What about you? Do you have favorite songs or a favorite radio station, or does music distract you too much? Maybe you have a special chair or perfect time of day. I also usually have a cup of chai tea before I write…it seems to calm my mind and get it ready to focus.

Maybe your ritual is more eccentric. Do you hop on one foot three times and spin in a circle before you settle down to the task at hand? This cool article from the National Writing Project discusses a few interesting things some writers do before they start writing.

What are your writing rituals?

7 Responses to “Writing rituals”

  1. Mia says:

    A cup of green tea makes me in my creative mood :)

  2. CFD Trade says:

    I usually surf the net until i get tired. Then I sleep a bit and go into writing when I wake up.

  3. Jenny says:

    Music is the thing for me too :) And when I write I listen a lot of Thievery Corporation they sound amazing and creative and somehow their creativity transfer to me :)

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  5. Eren Mckay says:

    I love having little rituals. Songs get me into the groove. Sometimes I need to just write to myself a little bit before I get into the groove of actually being able to write an article. Kind of like writing in a diary.
    Coffee definitely helps me when my brain is just too slow ;-) .
    Blessings,
    Eren
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  6. I first grab myself a HUGE glass of ice water. Writing makes me thirsty!

    I meditate for about 20 minutes — the first 10 to clear my mind, the second 10 to start letting thoughts about my writing flow in.

    Then I put on my Pandora fingerstyle guitar station. I find that this style of music is energetic and rhythmic enough to not sedate me, but the lack of lyrics and complex instrumentations keeps it from overly distracting me.

    Another kind of weird beneficial side effect of drinking that huge glass of water is that it makes me have to pee, so it forces me to get up and walk around at least every 45 minutes or so. Too much information, I know…
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  7. I need to just write to myself a little bit before I get into the groove of actually being able to write an article. Kind of like writing in a diary.