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Alex's awesome co-hosts for May 6 are Feather Stone, Beverly Stowe McClure, Mary Aalgaard, Kim Lajevardi, and Chemist Ken!
May 6th question: Do you have any rituals that you use when you need help getting into the zone?
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I never thought I had an actual ritual, but this question gave me pause. Because I find myself doing exactly that. While I drink coffee in the morning, in the afternoon when I find time to add words to my story, I make a hot cup of tea. If I have cookies, I grab a couple. I find my spot on the end of the couch, or recliner, and settle in. This is normally my best time to write. Lately, I haven't been able to sleep and find myself writing until one or two in the morning. (Sleeplessness might be caused by the pandemic. I'm not positive)
However, that ritual changes during the warm summer months. I make sure I enjoy the pleasant weather and occupy a comfy chair underneath our awning and write. The hot tea is replaced by ice tea...LOL. But not the cookies 😊
But then comes the difficult part. I can't just sit down and start writing. I read through the previous scenes, trying to figure out where my characters had been taking me. This can sometimes take up to an hour of going over the manuscript. Some days, I merely edit what I'd written, and other days, my characters begin to act, and I follow their lead.
Do you have any writing rituals??