One of the ways that writers can do one thing different for
themselves is to create writing rituals until they become habits that
support your writing automatically. Writing rituals are a type of
positive addictions. They can help us keep writing or to get writing.
Rituals can be defined as regular habits of patterns that you
establish to get the writing done. It is best for you to establish
positive rituals that will help you be the best possible writer that you
can be. Positive rituals are rituals that help you grow as a writer and
as a human being, such as having a piece of chocolate as a reward or
doing something that will enrich your whole being. Negative rituals
are rituals that may help you get the writing done but will diminish
you and not contribute to your becoming a better writer and person,
such as drinking to excess after your writing sessions.
I have several rituals that I rely to get my writing done. First, I
have a ritual of giving myself a small reward for writing each day. It
could be a small piece of chocolate or a fifteen minute meditation
session. Some days, I give myself a chance to watch my favourite
show or something that will make me happy. But I always end my
writing session with a little reward and it has become one of my
positive rituals for actually getting the writing done.
Another ritual that I have is that I have a celebration after
publishing a book. I get my friends and family together, order pizza
and just enjoy the evening. When I published my first book, my
family made a reservation for me a nice restaurant and we marked
the occasion. I still remember how wonderful it felt to get my first
book published. That feeling keeps me propelled to keep writing my
current book, especially when the going gets tough.
Rituals can help writers by providing them stability amidst the
stress of writing. Developing rituals can create a structure that helps
writers get their writing done while dealing with the ups, downs, and
challenges of the writing life.
There are many kinds of rituals. Which ritual do you rely on to get
your writing done? If you don’t use any rituals, I suggest that you
develop some types of rituals for yourselves to get the writing done.
You will be really glad that you did.