We all have them, the little rituals we do every time we write.
I have a fixation with sparkling water. I get my water bottle, my glass, and as long as it is morning my cappuccino as well, and head up to my writing room. I always tidy my desk up before I start. There is something about having a tidy space that makes me feel work ready.
If the cats are in the house (more likely if it is a chilly winter day) they follow me up and find a comfy spot behind my laptop and snooze while I write.
I check Facebook, twitter, my blog stats. If anyone has left any comments on my blog I will respond. Then I close all them.
I open scrivener—my writing tool of choice.
Then I am ready to go.
I used to be terrible for editing as I go, but I have become more disciplined of late. I still have a little read of the last written chapter, but restrict myself to only basic fixes and then I move on.
I reward myself for a productive bursts by snacks, and little breaks.
Mostly, if I am actually writing, I just go with the flow and try not to interrupt myself. If I am struggling to focus, more breaks inevitably creep in.
What are your writing rituals? What is your favourite place to write?