Humans, they say, are creatures of habit. For me, that’s very true.
Every weekday morning, I smack the snooze button the same number of times before climbing out of bed. I move through all the steps of getting ready for work--showering and dressing, eating breakfast and brushing teeth--with one eye on the clock and split-second timing. I drive to work by the same route each day and even park in the same spot in the parking area.
You’ll have to agree, won’t you, that I’m a creature of habit?
But someone asked me something recently that got my habit-loving, routine-riddled mind working.
The conversation goes something like this:
“So, what are your writing rituals?” she asks.
“Huh?” (My brilliant response.)
“What do you do to get yourself going when it’s time to write? How do you invoke the Muse?” She sends me a dirty look. “As I said before, what are your writing rituals?”
(No response from me at all this time.)
Her foot’s tapping the floor. “Do you light a candle? Burn incense? Play certain music? Drink three-quarters of a cup of coffee and eat two-point-five cookies after you turn on the computer?” Her face is turning quite red now. “Do you use blue ink on yellow notepads exclusively? Wear your oldest bathrobe and fuzzy slippers while you’re editing? Do you knock three times on the doorframe before entering your writing space?”
“Uhh... Umm...” (I’m floundering, can you tell?) “Well...does writing e-mail count?”
She looks down her nose at me, and I want to sink into the floor.
I am so ashamed.
I am so not worthy.
Habit-acquiring creature that I am, how can I not have rituals???
All I know now is, I’ve got to get some! And naturally, I’m turning to you all for help, which is becoming another habit of mine, isn’t it? LOL
Reading about the rituals you’ve developed--related to writing or simply to life in general--might be the trigger I need to come up with a few of my own.
And that will give me an entire list of things to say the next time someone asks, “What are your writing rituals?”
So, please...feed my new habit!
All my best to you,
Barbara White Daille