I often wish as a blogger I could write emotive narrative that shared more of my internet thinking. It’s something I don’t do well, though I know it’s what reader’s enjoy because they get to know the real person behind the words. Thankfully, my blogger friend, Glynis Jolly from Scripted Maze, is excellent at that and has agreed to guest post for me on the rituals she practices while writing.
I was astounded when Jacqui asked me to do a guest post on her blog. I feel so fortunate to have been given this opportunity. Thank you, Jacqui.
Rituals are established or ceremonial procedures, usually connected to something religious in nature. Writing, of course, has nothing to do with religion of itself, although I identify with the steadfastness of the practice of writing as if I was devoting it to a divinity.
The scheduling of my craft is ingrained in me. I did not mean for it to be so but the cosmos had deemed the hours I write and do not write. Some days this pattern of my behavior irk me to no end.
I would love to be able to wake, reaching for my laptop that sits waiting under my bed but I cannot even function properly until I have my morning cup of caffeine, which is not even halfway close to the bedroom. With steam rising from the cup in my hand, I shuffle to the computer room, adjust the pillow at my back as I sit down, and hit the space bar on my keyboard to arouse my PC from sleep. I do this every morning, come rain or come shine.
Even at this point, it is still early and if I could write at this time, I most certainly would. However, my husband has not left for work yet and I am still digging out sleepy from my eyes. Both of these are annoyances I cannot entertain while I write. My husband, as loving and giving as he is, is not a person I want around while I am bleeding out onto the screen. Truth is, I cannot stand anyone around while I struggle with this craft I love so dearly.
Logic would probably tell you I am feverishly writing by eight-thirty in the morning seeing that husband dear has left for the day. Per contra, I have this need for everything being in its proper place. With a husband who has a major flaw of being messy, this means strolling through the house picking up water bottles, dirty laundry, wrappers, mail, shoes, and the list goes on. I must do this before I try to write anything because the mere thought of all that stuff out of place will haunt me.
I must make the bed before starting my first session of the day. All sides of the sheet and comforter must be even. I stall at writing if my teeth are not brushed and am not dressed for the day. I know some writers work in their PJs, letting everything else in their lives sit until they are finished. I am not one of them. Am I a neat freak? No. It is just not possible anymore but I come as close as I can to that ideal.
Jacqui has a room all set up for her writing. To say the least, I am envious of her. Nevertheless, I do have my corner of “the computer room” set up in such a way so I am hopefully the most productive. I have a McDonald’s cup filled with pens sitting next to my daily planner and post-note pad. Three lip balm tubes stand in a row with the Tylenol and a bottle of water. [Do not ask me why I have three lip balms out because there is not an answer.] Marble, one of the cats who bosses me around will knock over one or all of these things occasionally. I must set things right when this happens or all writing is off.
Of course, although I have the water, in order to write, I must have my mug of tea set at my left side. The words swirling in my head require liquid to travel to my fingers onto the keyboard and it must be caffeinated.
These rituals help me set my mind into the frame of writing. It is an organization tactic my consciousness for the task cannot seem to do without. Do you have rituals you follow for your writing sessions?
Bio: Glynis Jolly was born in September of 1954 (you do the math). She’s married and has one son and one stepdaughter. Glynis has lived in Colorado, Crete (Greece), Michigan, and now in Tennessee for the second time with her husband and three cats. She’s always been inspired to write. The act of putting pen to paper or typing on a keyboard makes her feel alive somehow. She has several unfinished works of fiction, hoping that someday she’ll finish one of them and get it published. She started blogging in 2009 and has had five blogs since then. A Scripted Maze is her current blog of three years now.