Every writer is different, and we each have our own rituals in regards to writing.
Okay, let me clear something up. When I say “rituals” I’m not referring to dancing naked on a full moon around a bonfire or anything. Nothing witchy or highly disturbing like that. (Unless, you know, dancing naked on a full moon is inspiring to you. That’s totally, uh, cool.) Back to the topic at hand, though, some writers (most, I dare say) have certain things they like to do.
Here are some of mine.
I write with music. Depending on my mood.
I have playlists for every novel I’ve written, which has a list of songs that I listen to when I write or edit. Sometimes, though, I might only listen to one or two songs on a loop.
Yes I’m a little crazy I know. Yet, there are other times when I need absolute silence to be able to write — this mostly happens when I’m editing, and I need full concentration. But most of the time I need music. Or some sort of background sound. Sometimes I write and watch a TV show at the same time. Yep. I’m definitely crazy.
My Word/Scrivener document needs to be set out in a certain way.
Indents, spacing, font size, typefaces. They all need to be done in a certain way or I can’t write. I know that’s completely psychological . . . but I can’t help it! There are some typefaces I can’t stand using. Paragraphs also need to be indented, and the font size needs to be twelve. Chapter titles slightly larger and in capitals.
I think now I’ve past the point of crazy.
I prefer to write at night.
Why? IT’S QUIET. I don’t live in a family with lots of people — just my mother, father, my brother and me — but still. It’s a fairly small house, and sound travels. I. Need. Silence. To. Write. Even if I’m writing blog posts, hence why I’m writing this blog post at 12:32 AM at night; because it’s silent. In saying that, however, I still do write during the day. It’s not imperative for me to write at nighttime, though it’s much preferred.
I switch off the internet while I write/edit.
The internet has a dangerous hold on me, guys. Therefore I disconnect from the wi-fi while I write. (I’m also getting the strong feeling I’m not the only one who does this!)
I like my door shut.
I know, I know. Another crazy one.