The other day, I was writing (of course) and I got to thinking about little things that I do, or ways I know that I'm really in the zone. I'm working on a novel, and this is the first time in a long time that I'm very excited about what I'm writing. I like to listen to music when I write, I like to just let myself go, and see where the characters take me. I have to wait for the words to come to me. What little things do you guys do? Do you have any writing rituals, or anything you do while you're writing? I think it's interesting to see what works for some people and the different ways we do things during our writing sessions.
Posted 26 December 2017 - 08:08 PM
Posted 27 December 2017 - 01:10 PM
Posted 27 December 2017 - 02:08 PM
I find it interesting that a lot of people put on music when they write, because I absolutely cannot. It's way too much of a distraction, even instrumentals. Makes it harder to hear my rhythm, I guess.
As far as my routines, I guess the one thing that I do is that when I'm actually writing my stories (as in writing the first draft, not editing, rewriting, or revising), I'll keep a spreadsheet of my word count for each day. I try to keep a minimum of a thousand words per day. So I guess part of how I know when I'm really in a groove is when those daily word counts really start hitting higher numbers. Like I knew the book I'm trying to get agented right now was something good because I wrote all 100,000 words over I believe a 32-day span, with only three of those days being under 2000-word days. Best writing day I ever had (for a different story) was 12,000 words. So apparently what I'm saying is that part of my process is to get nerdy with numbers.
Nothing to reciprocate on right now; I'm off in the query trenches.
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