Once you fall out of the writing cycle, it’s hard to get back into it.
The last few months of 2011 were extremely hard for me, and early 2012 hasn’t been too kind at times either. When there’s crazy things running around you, it’s hard to find the focus and inspiration to write. That’s why it’s important to have writing “rituals.”
ShortList.com has a fantastic article on strange writing rituals from some famous authors. Some of them I have a hard time finding strange. Lying down? Who hasn’t laid in bed and written? And how many writers drink a lot of coffee (although Honoré de Balzac probably drinks far more than they do).
Part of my problem in recent months has been I don’t have many writing rituals any more. I don’t have a writing space in my apartment like I did when I lived back in Connecticut. I don’t walk like I used to when I needed inspiration (mainly because I am hesitant to walk alone at night in some areas near where I live). I also find I work better when I’m not home and in a coffee shop, but my favorite spot closed at the end of 2011 (RIP Cafe Eclectic). And my best writing times were always late at night, and these days I just want to sleep. So I clearly need to find new rituals to get the creative juices flowing.
Do you have writing rituals? Post about your quirks that need to happen in order to write in the comments below.