The Writing Rituals Tag

If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write. – Martin Luther

I am back again if anyone is paying attention. I did not mean to disappear for a few weeks, unfortunately Camp NaNoWriMo ended up being harder than I was expecting and my wrists were the ones that were paying for it. Since I did not want them to get any worse, I decided that the best thing to do was to stop typing completely a little while. And now after doing that for a few weeks my wrists are thankfully back to normal. Hopefully, I will finally be able to get back to my normal blogging schedule because I really have missed writing here.

So today I want to do the Writing Rituals Tag which I was tagged to do by Jane Ridgewood. I am really excited about this tag, so without further ado let’s start!

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

I write when I have time. I used to write most evenings for about half an hour and often did most of my blog posts for the next week on Saturday mornings.

But recently I have not been writing much. I want to change that now and really work on writing more again. However my schedule is getting crazier and I am going through a time of transitions. So we will have to see how this goes. I am planning on trying to spend half an hour in the evenings writing.

Though often writing is when I have time. I do try and write a bit daily however.

2. How do you seclude yourself from the outside world?

I close the door and turn on music. Sometimes a fan as well.

3. How do you review what you wrote the previous day?

I don’t. I wait to edit something until the entire first draft is written. The closest that I will come to reviewing it is skim reading a bit back so I know exactly where I am in the story, but that usually only happens when I have left my story or whatever it is I am writing for a few days.

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

Um, good question. I do listen to music when I am writing, but it tends to just be what I feel like at the time. A lot of it is either soundtracks or classical music.

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

I tend to take a walk preferably with someone that I can talk to about my writing. It is amazing how much this can help me. For some reason just taking a walk often helps me to get a new idea or ideas.

6. What tools do you use when you’re writing?

Obviously I use a computer or paper and pen. For writing advice I often use Gail Carson Levine’s ‘Writing Magic.’

The other tools that I use are random books and movies because that helps me to get ideas and also inspires me.

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

Air. Oxygen.

I mean, I also need something to write with, but since this was specified as a writing session I am going to assume that I do have a computer or a notebook and pen.

Seriously though I can write while sort of watching a movie. If I need to write I can do it wherever I am at the time and with what is at hand.

8. How do you fuel yourself during your writing session?

If I have anything I’ll have water or tea.

9. How do you know when you’re done writing?

Usually it is because I have finished the time that I have or I have gotten to my writing goal for the day. Sometimes though it is because I am just done writing after a longer writing session and after a break I can still not write, and in that case I just stop.

I have really enjoyed writing this and it has actually made me think about the way that I write which is a good thing because it helps me to learn more about the way that I write.

I am not going to officially tag anyone, but if you feel like doing this tag, please, consider yourself tagged! If you do end up doing this tag, I would love if you would link back to my blog post so that I can read your answers!


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