Well now! Do I expose my behaviour to the world? Okay, here we go. First, I’m superstitious or maybe ‘ultra-aware’. I’m sensitive to sounds, movement and the energy around me. Some of my friends can write in buses, in cars, in coffee shops and restaurants. That is admirable. I can research or edit in those places. But I can’t dig deep.
For my authentic writing, I prefer my little niche aka/my home office. I crave total quiet and this room is where I feel I’m an author. Over the past four months, my husband fixed up my space. I have new bamboo flooring and the walls are painted a soft green. The colour is called ‘Pleasant Valley’. That works for me. The window overlooks the porch and my garden. Of course, over the years, I’ve acquired essentials such as a white board, bulletin board and bookcases. My art is still waiting to be placed.
I’ve developed some rituals that help me enter my writing world. I adore song lyrics but they are too distracting, so I work in silence. Often I read my work aloud, and that is all the noise I want.
The following ideas are my strategies that I’ve utilized while writing five novels. I mix and match, depending on my mood, and the chapter I plan to write. I certainly don’t use all of them at once.
So, here are my favourites:
- I light candles in the entry way as that is the biggest room of our home and I want the vibration to spread out in the house.
- I set up my diffuser with scents like, Unwind, or Relax.
- I wear my necklace with a special key. (courtesy of author Ev Bishop at her workshop in Victoria, B.C)
- I splash on some Agua de Florida, Peruvian Flower Water. I purchased a small bottle a number of years ago in Lima, Peru. It has a number of magical properties and can elevate vibrations. Am I a believer? Sure. It has a unique citrusy scent of bergamot, cloves, cinnamon, lavender, neroli, orange flower and rose. (neroli is an essential oil)
- Before I start writing, I shut down the media. I cannot arrive at my computer directly from world events. No, no. The news is too overwhelming and upsetting.
- I set an ‘intention’ for my writing period. What am I aiming for? What am I trying to accomplish on this specific day? What word count do I want?
- I set my finishing time. If I don’t create a framework for my writing, then I can easily slide off task. What does that look like? Well, I can easily gravitate towards tumbling down the rabbit hole of Pinterest or Facebook.
To be honest – sometimes none of these suggestions help. But I still try to show up on the page, even if I feel like I’m trudging through a swamp. Writers write.
I must add that focusing on these rituals, makes me feel like I have the power to create. Something wonderful may emerge. I may invent a ‘New York moment’ as Margie Lawson, writing instructor has coined. That is, a magical phrase that takes my breath away. And maybe the reader will enjoy it as well. And because I believe that – then it’s win win for me.
Are you ready to share any personal strategies that you’ve invented that help you dive into fresh writing?