Writing Rituals Tag

I was tagged in one of E. Kathryn’s recent posts about writing rituals.  I was thrilled to see that she thought of me when she made the post, so I decided to participate.  While I understand that the goal of blogging is to increase traffic, I don’t really like the nameless preying on clicks.  I much prefer individual responsiveness and interactivity, and I thought this presented me an opportunity to do so.

This post is effectively chain mail, but I hope that the people (strangers that I follow!  Gasp!) will be ok with this.

People I Follow (And Now Suggest to You!)

I chose Natalya Edwards, author of My Creative Writing Space, because her writing journey has intrigued me since I followed her.  I like reading inspirational tales from people, and the determination in her ‘Why I Must Write‘ post convinced me to follow her.

They are probably too popular, and almost definitely to artful, to respond to this lowly tag, but I wanted to point out Tetiana and Tony from Unbolt Me.  Their site is insanely hard to peruse, but I’ve followed them for a while and the sheer genius of their madness always has me excited to see their next post.

Also someone I find has an extremely classy demeanor, Tom Darby of Eagle Canyon publishes a lot of cool stories on his blog.  His ability to write a flash fiction is incredible, and his perspectives are really interesting.  My favorite of his recent posts is the Baristas’ Tale.

Lastly, I wanted to point out Danielle Summers who is publishing her Blackrose series on her site.  I was a little bit wary when I saw she was writing a vampire story, but the horror elements associated with the unreliable narrator are spot on.  I hope she continues writing!

Anyway, enough of that intro mess.  My Responses to the Writing Rituals tag:

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

I write in between bouts of work.  My longer writing streaks are usually between 7 and 8 pm, just after supper but before I have to walk my dog or become forced to maintain my living space.

How do you seclude yourself from the outside world?

I don’t.  If I don’t get to write on a certain day due to distractions, I must forgive myself or I would surely go insane.  I think living life is an important part of writing, and ignoring life could have consequences both near and far reaching.

How do you review what you wrote the previous day?

I love to edit, and allowing myself to edit eternally is one of my bigger curses.  However, I usually wait more than a day to edit some of my own work.  The longer the wait, the more likely I am to read what I actually wrote rather than what I thought I wrote.

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

Music doesn’t really inspire me.  Visual art doesn’t either.  I’m pretty deep into the reading-writing learning style, and text truly does soothe my soul.  Sometimes nature, whether hikes or canoeing or something like that, can calm me.

In the spirit of the question, though, my favorite genre is disco.  When I really want to evoke a certain, nigh indescribable feeling, I listen to KC and the Sunshine Band’s I’m Your Boogie Man directly followed by Rob Zombie’s metal version of the same song.  I’m pretty sure that feeling is ‘troll harder,’ so I don’t think it’s actually relevant to writing.

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

One of my favorite ways to inspire myself is to learn new science.  I like going to scientific seminars and reading papers to figure out new ways to solve problems of the future.

I also like to look at mine and my family’s life.  I have led a strange, exciting-ass life filled with really interesting characters.  I have hoped to publish a story collection titled “Squirrel Gravy for the Soul,” but I rarely speak of that collection since I might embarrass family members or friends from back home, and I dread speaking with some of them about the possibility.  I often feel it safer to leave it be.

What tools do you use when you’re writing?

I made a post about electronic resources that I enjoy using.  The one that I am continually surprised by my love for is yWriter, which is a freeware version of Scrivener.

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

My writing sessions are done all over the place and in a plethora of formats, so there is no definitive need.  On my sofa, on my phone, next to a slowly dripping HPLC… I usually write in sessions of about 10 minutes.

How do you fuel yourself during your writing session?

I eat little, work a lot, and sleep like an old person because my schedule is dear to me.  I eat breakfast sometimes, lunch sometimes, and most of the time I eat supper.

As far as diet, I am pescetarian, do not consume caffeine of any sort, and drink fruit juice on rare occasion.  I have sampled many varieties of tea, but now only consume true herbals with any sort of regularity.  I must confess, however, that my dear little Southern heart has a soft spot for decaf sweet tea.

How do you know when you’re done writing?

Usually something happens like the dog needs to be walked, my machines overpressurize or have an A280 peak, or I have to do something else more immediately necessary than writing.  Eventually I may be able to focus on my writing more, but at the moment keeping myself alive, healthy, and with an acceptable level of income is more important.  I often use timers to stop myself from writing, and my days tend to be extremely well structured.

 Questions You Can Copy if You Want to Participate:

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

How do you seclude yourself from the outside world?

How do you review what you wrote the previous day?

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

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

What tools do you use when you’re writing?

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

How do you fuel yourself during your writing session?

How do you know when you’re done writing?

6 thoughts on “Writing Rituals Tag

  1. msdaniellesummers says:

    I really like this! It makes me want to think about the writing rituals I have and what works and what doesn’t. I’m an eternal editor too, omg it’s so bad I need to stop especially when it’s just a silly first draft! Thanks for the feature of Blackrose by the way hopefully I can stop editing this next part and post the darn thing!

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      I figure I might as well mention people I pay attention to. There’s just so much “play the numbers game” BS being fed to us by both WordPress and other users, and I think that makes it all the more important to be genuine and encouraging when you can.

      • H.R.R. Gorman says:

        Haha. I’m glad you enjoyed it! I was a little worried because it’s like chain mail, but… I dunno, I wanted to do it because it’d let me imagine I was famous and getting interviewed about this stuff.

        Also, if you ever have something published (even self published), let me know. I think I’m going to keep reviewing books on Tuesdays, and reading new/indie work is where I want to focus.

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