The Writing Rituals Tag [from Mandi Lynn and Kim Chance]

Last weekend author vloggers Mandi Lynn and Kim Chance put together a writing tag about writing rituals, and I thought tackling that this week would be a fun diversion from the sorts of posts I usually do.

Anyway, let’s dive in…

When do you write? (time of day, day of week)

I write during the week because I find there are a lot of weekends that I’m either traveling or busy with some kind of social engagement.

I’m a night person, so I wake up later than most, but I actually start writing first thing (or first thing after I’ve gone to the gym, had breakfast, etc). I’ll usually work on fiction writing for about two hours before moving on to other business. While I like to stay up late, I’ve found that I’m more consistent with my writing when I do it earlier in the day, so I don’t usually work on fiction in the evening, at least at the moment.

How do you seclude yourself from the outside world?

I put my phone on silent and away from me. I also have tended to hand write my fiction so that I’m not distracted by the internet or games on my computer, but I’m trying to move back to working with the computer on so that I can use my dictation software to increase my word counts.

How do you review what you wrote the previous day?

I might look over it, but I tend to focus more on moving forward. I also try to complete my scenes before I finish up writing for the day, so I can just pick up where the next scene begins.

What song is your go-to when you’re feeling uninspired?

What do you always do (i.e. listen to music, read, watch youtube, etc.) when you find yourself struggling with writer’s block?

I try to focus on what would make the scene fun or to really hammer down what I want to happen in it. I think writer’s block often arises when my idea for the scene is either boring or too vague, so just outlining what I want to happen in more detail can really help. In the case of the scene being boring, I try to think of ways to add fun elements to it. If it’s boring to write, it’s probably going to be boring for the reader to read.

What tools do you use when you’re writing?

Either pen and a notepad or Scrivener if I’m writing on my computer. I use Dragon for dictation.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without during a writing session?

For whatever reason, I like having a lot of space around me. I don’t have to be writing in complete solitude, but I guess I get self-conscious if people are too close to me and I feel like they might be looking over my shoulder.

How do you fuel yourself during your writing session?

Water. I also usually have some other drink whether that’s tea, coffee, or soda. When I do occasionally write at night, I tend to have snacks to help keep me up and going, but I don’t really need that during the day.

How do you know when you’re done writing?

I write by time not word count, so as long as I’m sitting down and focused for the allotted amount of time, I feel like I can call it a good writing day. So I guess I know I’m done writing when my timer goes off.

Conclusion

I hope you found that fun…or informative…or something. If you’re a blogger or vlogger and want to tackle this tag, go for it and share your answers with me either in the comments or on social media.

I’ll be back with another post next week. Thanks for reading!

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4 thoughts on “The Writing Rituals Tag [from Mandi Lynn and Kim Chance]

  1. I write in the afternoons, mainly. The mornings are for doing chores, shopping etc.
    I try to write every day, but am not always successful. As to preventing interruptions, I’m useless at that. I don’t have my mobile near me, but do have a landline. My husband will answer it if it rings, but I’m usually curious and need to listen to see who it is.
    Music? No. I either listen and can’t write properly, or don’t even hear it, so it’s a waste of time playing it.
    I try to write for a given time, but I also pay attention to word count. If I don’t think I’ve written enough, I’ll continue beyond the allotted time.
    I don’t usually eat or drink during a writing session, though, and I use Word. I know many authors like Scrivener, but I’m used to Word, so continue to use it.
    Thank you for the post. Insights into other people’s writing habits are always interesting.

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