I found if I tried to do it after work I was too tired to write and just not in the mood. Thats why I wake up so freaking early- to give myself the time and space to write, when I am freshest for the day.
An example of this is Dota tournaments. I watch the games themselves but not all the paneling, drafting all that between games. So I watch a game for 40 min, then go write hardcore for 30 min and then watch another match. Then between series, the break may be longer and I also use that time to write.
Another example is Among Us streams. I watch imposter games and skip most crewmate games, so I just look over if it is an imposter game, and if not I keep writing. If it is I take a break.
All my rituals exist to try and curb this behaviour. I wake up early, make coffee, head for a tiny attic room with a flimsy table and an uncomfortable chair where the internet can't get and start writing. The only rule is that while my laptop is on the table I have to be writing. No side activities allowed, no staring out the window.
I do this for most of the morning and then come down for breakfast/lunch. Editing follows in the afternoon.
It works. *shrug*
I guess I also try to change what I'm writing with a bit, changing it up from laptop to desktop to phone, I think that probably has some use preventing any problems sitting in the same position for ages.
I also don't mind cold coffee op, but then I use a lot of sweeteners which makes it taste pretty good cold
DrBuller Wrote: Just wondering if there's anything special you people do before you write
It's a very important ritual one must undergo before a letter of the English lexicon is typed. Without thinking, you cannot write. Unless... you write without thinking, which is also okay, but I recommend thinking.
Quite a useful trick, y'know?
If it’s a POV I haven’t written in some time, i’ll do a quick writing exercise detailing some of the aspects and beliefs of the character.
So finding a song is kinda a ritual.
I also get a drink(usually soda or chocolate milk), and sometimes some food.
I also turn my lights off(I hate bright things. Like daytime, I hate daytime.), put my headphones on, put on my jacket, and then I put up my hood.
It kinda helps me concentrate and not look off to my sides as much.
So that too.
Then I just sit for hours and write.
Or I lay in my bed and write on my phone.
Otherwise, I still do everything else the same.
Unless I'm not at home, in which case I wait until I'm bored and start getting lost in my head.
If you're looking for a weird thing that my ritual does....
I put on two pairs of headphones and listen to multiple songs simultaneously sometimes.
It helps me think about multiple things at the same time. One train of thought for each song, kinda.
If I don't, one of those trains of thought will drift off somewhere else and distract me.
More seriously, I once wrote an essay on things you can do to promote a better writing experience. I might have to dig it up and post it in the Guides forum. The topics were:
- Wear "work" clothes (whatever that means for your writing; if it's weird, make sure your webcam is off).
- Have a dedicated writing space, such as a home office or a favorite cafe.
- Write with other authors in the room or on webcam (just don't wear the suspicious hot dog costume)
- Use music soundtracks or white noise to set up an audio-space.
- Stick to a schedule.
Wrote almost 400k words last year, though, so something's working.