When I was younger I would have said immediately that my ritual
was to hand write/print draft one while sitting in nature.
I don’t have that luxury anymore.
While I do still find it cathartic
to write a first draft by hand into a moderately sized
perfect bound notebook, things tend to go faster if I start on the computer.
My reluctance to let go of the hand writing ritual is due
to the fear that my computer will crash and all
my backup files will be corrupted.
However, nowadays when I can steal time to write my only requirements
are that I can plug my computer in if the battery starts to die,
I’m someplace quiet
(bathrooms work just as well as libraries)
and I have my procrastination snacks ready to hand:
a granola bar and/or pre-packaged Rice Krispie Square with a large
bottle of grape G2 Gaterade.
That way I’m able to have limited distractions to deal with,
I’m fed, watered, and forced to write once the snacks are gone.
What are your writing rituals?