The Writing rituals Tag was created by Kim Chance and Mandi Lynn; two fabulous writer’s and YouTuber’s. The tag is a series of questions asking you how you write and what you need to help you write. I was tagged by fellow writer and YouTuber April Taylor to complete the tag.
1. When do you write? (time of day, day of week)
I write Sunday to Thursday, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, religiously.
2. How do you seclude yourself from the outside world?
I write in my bedroom. Being single and childless, I don’t have anyone who’s going to try to come in and interrupt me. If I’m somewhere particularly noisy and busy, noise-cancelling headphones and over-sized sunglasses.
3. How do you review what you wrote the previous day?
Good God – I don’t! If I were to look over what I wrote the day before I’d never move on. It would take hella long to get through the damn thing. I have a comprehensive outline. If I need to know when something occurred in the book, I can flick through my print out. I also have a cheat sheet that has a word or two per plot point of each chapter. There’s no need for me to go backwards until I’ve completed the draft I’m on.
4. What song is your go-to when you’re feeling uninspired?
I am in love with Lana Del Rey. I open Spotify and can have any of her albums playing. It fits the tone of my book perfectly. Also the music inspires me because the lyrics are so poetic. Her songs are the only ones I can sing along to and won’t distract me from my work.
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 try to push myself to write. If I’ve picked up my phone during a writing session – alarm bells are going off! If I’m struggling to write my book, I need to find another form of writing. Journaling, blog post, self education. One big kick in the pants is watching Jenna Moreci’s video on Writer’s Block.
7. What’s the one thing you can’t live without during a writing session?
I want to say my outline, because I actually can’t move my story along without it. And the post-it note at my desk saying “Get to the point!” I’m a massive overwriter, I have to be constantly reminded to not go on and on. The note has done wonders.
8. How do you fuel yourself during your writing session?
Coffee or tea. And many, many snacks. Anything salty or any kind of chocolate.
9. How do you know when you’re done writing?
Because I have an outline, it’s easy to see when a scene is closing because I’ve written the end. The end of a scene or chapter is a good stopping point. Sometimes I’ll stop in the middle of a scene to make it easy for me to continue the next day because I’m already underway. I stop when I have no more to give in the session.
I tag Dahlia Burroughs to complete the tag. If anyone reading this also wants to complete it, please go ahead! I’d love to find out more about you.