This month’s IWSG optional question was to do with rituals used to get in the zone.
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. This group is all about connecting!
I suppose I don’t really have any rituals for getting in the zone for writing, but I have found a few ways of getting in the zone for thinking.
Many a time, I know in my head what I want to write about, but really struggle to put thoughts to paper (or laptop).
When I wrote my first novel, Kiss From A Dragon, I found that the best way to do this was to go for a drive. I would turn off the stereo and talk to myself in my car. Odd, I know, but it worked for me.
I would have a conversation with myself as if I were brainstorming with someone else, and more often than not, I would eventually find a way to write down what I wanted to describe or portray.
This method is a bit more difficult nowadays when just going out in the car to have a think about my writing cannot really be classed as an essential journey. To get round this, I just go sit in the car and talk to myself there.
Strangely enough, this seems to work too.
Hope everyone is keeping safe and well, and writing is prosperous.