My writing ritual used to be easy. After taking the kids to school, I’d come home, grab another cup of coffee, start up the computer (remember those days??), and watch the rest of the morning news, then turn off the TV and the radio on and head into my office to work on whatever story was demanding my attention.
Nowadays, it’s more of boot up the laptop, check social media, turn on my favorite YouTube playlist, and either work in Google Docs or wait for Word to load. I keep a glass of iced tea in the kitchen, and I set the timer for 45 minutes. That gives me a good stretch of writing time AND reminds me to get up and stretch.
So the question today is ‘what’s the truth behind the ritual?’
I don’t think of mine so much as a ritual, but more of a routine.
Now if you want to talk ritual, I have a classic example when I’m watching sports: If my team is winning, or at least doing well, if I happen to be eating pistachio nuts, then I keep a supply in the house for Game Day. Or, if I happen to be watching the game at Buffalo Wild Wings and my team wins, but I’m at home the next week and they lose, then yup….I’ll be back at BW3 the following week. But is it ritual or superstition? Yes, it’s a little of both.
I think this idea of ‘oh wow….the words were really flowing yesterday; I’ll do the same thing again today…’ can be both a ritual and a little superstition….but at the end of the day, what really matters is, you’ve put pen to paper, fingers on the keyboard, and you have more words than you wrote had you not done this.
And if my team makes the playoffs, or even wins the championship, then I’ve done my duty as a fan, right?
I’m off to Louisville, KY this weekend, for the Imaginarium Convention! Looking forward to seeing my Kentucky tribe, as well as friend and author Beverly Ovaille, who is making her first trip to this Con. Bad Decisions is a finalist in the the Best Anthology category in the Imaginn Awards Saturday night, so fingers crossed we win:)
Speaking of which…..Bad Decisions is LIVE on Amazon!