Writing, for me, is like dining on a fine meal. I ease my way into the plate by starting with the vegetables and starches, but the true heart of my writing is in the protein. It isn’t until I sink my teeth into the real meat of the dish that I truly get the taste for the potential of the story. Lately I have been spending an inordinate amount of time being distracted by the side dishes and leaving no room for the most important part of the meal.
Blogging has become a very special part of my life and I look forward to writing every day and reading posts from others afflicted by the same passion. I’ve been so wrapped up in the world of WordPress that I have all but abandoned the book that I had begun writing a while ago. Until recently, I had great intentions of setting aside time to do nothing but continue the journey of the characters I created so long ago. But that has finally changed.
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With encouragement from fellow blogger Sage Doyle, we made a pact. We vowed to set aside time two mornings a week and make the other accountable for getting up early and devoting time to write. With coffee in hand, we check in with each other in the wee hours of dawn, bid each other adieu for a couple of hours and we write. There is no TV, no noise, just caffeine induced creativity. It’s been a fantastic way for me to shift focus back onto the book because I have that accountability, and it is truly inspiring me to dedicate that much-needed time to the WIP. My characters are animated once again and brushing the dust from their clothing. They have attitude and they now know there is a time and a place that they can bring it.
Fleeting ideas are now forming into meaningful sentences and paragraphs and 1,500 words magically transposed themselves onto the screen on Wednesday. My plate is full and it’s time to gnaw on the chops of my writing as well as enjoying the appetizers.
What is your writing ritual?