Writing Blogger Challenge Day 8


Day eights prompt is:

Post about your writing routines / rituals / habits or quirks – or – your writing origins story

Well, I’ve told the story of my writing origins, so I guess today I’ll be revealing my routines πŸ˜‰

I start every single day with a cup of tea, 3 sugars (I’ve cut down, it used to be 4 lol) and a cigarette. I’m the kind of person who is usually fully awake from the moment my eyes open. Yep, I’m one of those annoying people who jumps out of bed at 7am and is raring to go before I’ve even uttered my first word lol. So it makes sense that my most productive writing time is in the mornings.

Whilst drinking my tea I check my e mails, log into FaceBook and generally have a mooch around online (whilst trying to entertain Albie by multitasking with one hand on the iPad, the other on ‘teddy’).

I always start any writing session by writing in my journal, doing a prompt in my notebook, or, as recently, doing my morning pages. I prefer to write by hand than use a keyboard so doing something with pen and paper first makes me feel more connected, gets the creative juices flowing if that makes sense.

I went through a phase where I used to light a smelly candle as I sat down at my desk, but I don’t do that so much anymore, especially now that I’m back at the dining room table (Albies not allowed upstairs just yet). I also like to make sure I have a good selection of pens before I start. Different colours and nib widths, so that my notebooks are visually interesting.

And that’s it really πŸ™‚ If I get really involved in a session I like to have a NescafΓ© Cappucino in a Starbucks mug by my side, or if I’m out and about, a skinny latte πŸ˜‰

(My Starbucks mug collection – cappuccinos in anything else just isn’t the same lol)

Do you have any writing routines/rituals?

11 thoughts on “Writing Blogger Challenge Day 8

  1. No! I am completely disorganised and haphazard. Oh dear! But I have an Agatha Christie, Body in the Library mug. And a rather expensive one with a sweet robin on it for when I’m in England.
    I’m always so impressed by your notebooks Vikki, as mine are cheap and scribbly.


  2. I work best in the mornings too so try to get a few hours done at the weekend before my boyfriend gets up. During the week though there’s not much routine as I try and write when I get the time. I do have a coffee mug with writer on though. That keeps me focused.


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  4. I usually write in the mornings, too. But sometimes, in the afternoon, after a long walk, I can be inspired, too. Here are the writing rituals of 5 famous authors: http://inthegardenofeva.com/2013/06/14/day-14-the-writing-rituals-of-5-famous-novelists-when-enough-is-enough/

    And here is a blog post I wrote yesterday that includes some writing prompts at the end. http://inthegardenofeva.com/2013/07/29/can-a-chimp-write-a-poem-apes-language-chimp-inspired-writing-exercises/


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