Writing Ritual Tag

It is time for a writing tag! Fellow authors and YouTubers, Kim Chance and Mandi Lynn created this writing ritual tag. I enjoyed their videos so much I decided to play along.

Watch April’s Writing Ritual Video  or keep reading if you are not in video kind of mood.

Writing Ritual Tag Questions:

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

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  • Monday – Friday.  Mornings and afternoons. I set small a word count or scene goal. When I finish this I am done for the morning if I want to be. Most of the time, archiving the bite sized goal is enough to get things flowing and I continue to write by setting small goals or doing writing sprints.
  • Then in the afternoon, after I finished all of my other tasks I will look over the things I wrote and make small edits and do a few more writing sprints if I am feeling like or have a deadline to meet.

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How do you seclude yourself from the outside world?

  • During the school year, this is easy for me. I simply turn off my phone, remove distractions, and get to work.
  • When my kids are home in the summer secluding myself is trickier because they are my #1 distraction.  I start by making sure their needs are met,  telling them I will be working and they can’t disturb me unless it is an emergency.  A bleeding or dying sort of emergency. If this doesn’t work, I will move my work to the bedroom and shut and lock the door and put in headphone. If it is a nice day, I head outside to the patio to write.

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How do you review what you wrote the previous day?

  • I try to review my work the end of each writing day. Sometimes in the morning, I will read the last paragraph that I wrote.  If I read too far back into what I have written I tend to start editing and that can keep me from advancing in my story.
  • I also review and edit my writing on the weekends when I don’t have any other plans.

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

  • I don’t have a specific song but almost anything by the Chainsmokers or Pink tends to inspire me.

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

  • I like to read writing reference books. This is helpful if my writer’s block is triggered by a problem with my manuscript.
  • If it is simply a lack of motivation that is blocking me I find that creating art related to my WIP can help inspire me to write.  I am not an artist but sometimes creating art can spur me to get excited about writing and get me through a block
  • If I need a dose of audible motivation I will head over to youtube or listen to a writing related podcast.

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What tools do you use when you’re writing?

  • My MacBook air, Scrivener, Grammarly (only when editing), the 5KWPH app for tracking and timing my writing sprints, and my bullet journal to keep track of tasks.

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

  • quiet and uninterrupted time.

How do you fuel yourself during your writing session?

  • Coke Zero, Water, Coffe and Tea

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How do you know when you’re done the writing?

  • I know I am done when I complete my daily goals, start to get angry or my writing time is up. If I am really feeling my writing that day, I might keep writing until I am too tired to keep my eyes open, but that doesn’t happen often.

 

So, there you have it. My writing routines and rituals, which are subject to change and modification at any time.  I would love to hear your writing routine! If you participate in this tag via blog or video please let me know and don’t forget to check out the video’s of the original creators of this tag, Kim Chance and Mandi Lee.

Kim’s Writing Ritual Video

Mandi’s Writing Ritual Video

My Writing Ritual Video

I am tagging the following youtube authors as well as anyone who would like to participate. Don’t forget to let me know if you do the tag! I would love to know your writing routine

Natalie Roberts

EllenReadsAuthor

Emily Bourne

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