Writing Rituals (A Tag)

Hey everybody! Today I will be doing a writing tag that I really liked–It was started by Mandi Lynn and Kim Chance. We’ll be talking about different writing rituals today, so let’s dive right in!

When do you write?

I write whenever possible. Sometimes I’ll write for a half hour if I have time in the morning before I have to leave for school, and sometimes I’ll write in the car or on the bus. Nights and weekends thought, are where I get the most writing done, though. I tend to write a ton on weekends, and it’s not uncommon that I’ll spend an entire day at the computer. I like to get a lot done when I do have free time, because I know I can’t write as much during the week, with school and work commitments.

How do you seclude yourself from the outside world?

My headphones are probably one of the most important tools that I have while writing. Even if I don’t play music (which is rare), I find they give me a sense of separation from outside noises and happenings.

How do you review what you wrote the previous Day?

A lot of the time I’ll highlight all of my work for a day, that way it is easy for me to see and look over the next day. I also have outlines handy, so I will just look over them most of the time to jog my memory of what happened.

What song is your Go-To when feeling uninspired?

I don’t have one go-to song for all writing, but I usually have one or a few songs for each type of scene I write. If I’m not feeling an angry scene, it’s usually time for some Linkin Park. For me, it really depends what I’m writing.

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

Well, some of you probably know, I’m a firm believer that writer’s block is in our heads for the most part. But, if I want to try and make things easier for myself, I’ll draw the scene, read a bit, learn more about that type of scene, simplify things, etc.. I wrote another post on writer’s block, where I go into much more detail about this.

What tools do you use when you’re writing?

I will probably get some flack for this, but I use the internet a lot. I like to have quick access to definitions and other research. I like that if I’m stuck for a way to describe an expression, or need some body movements people make, say, when nervous, I can get those right away and continue writing. I also keep blank paper nearby, in case I was to sketch something out, or write plain dialogue before adding it in with details to the manuscript. Then, I have my outline, which I follow and refer to while I’m writing.

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

I’ve already mentioned, but I love music. It really helps me feel certain scenes, and I wouldn’t want to write if I could never have it.

How do you fuel yourself during your writing session?

I drink a lot of water, so I always have a glass nearby. I’ll also get myself snacks if I’m hungry, though I try to pick things that I can eat and work at the same time with (like grapes, or Goldfish).

How do you know when you’re done writing?

This one is hard, because I don’t stop writing once I reach a goal. I know I’m done writing, usually just if I run out of time and have to do something else. For example, if it’s Saturday,  and I start with a goal of 3000 words, I’m not going to close my computer the second I reach that goal. Instead, I’ll make a new, smaller goal. Maybe I set it to do a thousand more, so 4000. If I surpass that, I will continue setting new goals. I finish writing mostly based on circumstance, like needing to sleep, go to school, or do other important things.

This tag was really fun to write, and I encourage anybody else who wants to write it to do so!

I will be posting the cover reveal and announcing the date for Outliers soon, so be sure to click “follow” and keep up to date with my posts 🙂

With all of this in mind, go out and write your masterpiece!

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