It's time again for The Insecure Writers Support Group and this month's topic is rituals. A lot of people have rituals for when they write. Maybe they need their favorite pen if they're writing on paper, or need to have certain things around them (coffee???). I am not one of those people. Well, let me clarify. Generally I write on my laptop and as long as I have that I can write anywhere. Coffee is good, a tasty adult beverage is always nice, but I don't need them to write. On the other hand, if I'm writing on paper, I do need my favorite pen: a Pigma Micron 005 point pen. I can write with an 01, but I prefer the 005 for a nice fine line. However, none of this guarantees I'll get in the zone. The zone comes and goes, like a muse. Sometimes she's there spurring me on and other times she's just not. I will say that I almost always get good writing done on Monday nights. That's the night I get together with a few other writers. We check in before, then write for an hour, then check back and chat. For some reason (habit, perhaps?), even if I was totally unproductive the week before, I always produce on Monday night. So maybe the best way to get in the zone is to create the habit of writing.
Remember, the question is optional!
May 6 question - Do you have any rituals that you use when you need help getting into the ZONE? Care to share?
The awesome co-hosts for the May 6 posting of the IWSG are Feather Stone, Beverly Stowe McClure, Mary Aalgaard, Kim Lajevardi, and Chemist Ken!
So, how about you? Do you have any rituals or things you do to get into the zone?
In other news, you may have noticed my new header pic, courtesy of my son the birder. That little guy is a Prothonotary Warbler and he does not come to Maine very often.
I have also read three more books: The Naturalist by Andrew Mayne, and A Trail Through Time by Jodi Taylor, and The Girl Who Drank Down the Moon by Kelley Barnhill.
If I had to pick a favorite, it would be The Girl Who Drank Down the Moon. What a lovely magical tale.
As for television (of which I've watched far too much), I finished both Star Trek Discovery and Picard and am now sad because there are no more seasons to watch. I loved both shows to pieces and can't wait for the next seasons. If you're a Trekkie, I highly recommend both shows. I would also recommend My Brilliant Friend, which follows two girls growing up in Naples in the 50s and 60s. Sadly, my sister and I only have one more episode of that. We also only have one more episode of Westworld but many seasons to go of The Americans, which we are still enjoying very much.
Have you read any good books lately? Got any shows to recommend? Staying sane?
I feel fortunate that I don't get bored like others I know. There's my current WIP (29K), lots of books, shows, walks, art, and gardening to keep me plenty busy.
Now, tell me how you are.