It appears that I have a new ritual: namely, that I blog about my work in progress (WIP). It’s a chance to do something different, and I suppose, to hold myself publicly accountable, so that I finish the book sooner rather later (it once took me seven years to finish writing a book – no kidding).
The importance of routine when writing a book
When I do start working on a new project, there are some routines that I absolutely must follow, which are:
- I must be finished with my morning prayers by 7am
- At 8am, I go for a power walk in my local park
- I’m back in my house by 8.30 and ready to start work by 9
- I must have a mug of coffee on hand. No coffee, no writing. Period
- I go for walks – a lot. It clears the head and my characters thank me for it, because it means I don’t kill them off
- When I’m in the midst of said writing project, at some point, morning prayers are abandoned, as are hygiene requirements. This point of the project is usually about a week or so before my manuscript completion deadline
The routine is not set in stone. Sometimes, if work is really busy, I’ll wake up much earlier and write for a few hours before hitting the 9-5.
I’ve heard of some strange rituals of other writers.
Like, writing ‘feverishly’ in a dark room.
Locking yourself in a hermetically sealed chamber.
My comment: lighten up. You’re a writer, not a doctor. Get some perspective.
Check out these rituals of famous people.
Over to you: what are your writing rituals?
Also published on Medium.