In the past, I’ve been very anti-(writing) rituals. To me, rituals can easily turn into just another excuse not to write (only write with a certain pen and lose it? oh can’t write. have to write in a certain spot? what do you do when you travel, not write? can only write in a certain temperature? . . . well, you get the idea.)
But next week is starting a little crazy something called NaNoWriMo — basically the craziness where you attempt (well, I attempt, there are plenty of people who execute this challenge) to write 50k words during the month of November. November at my house is crazy—all the anniversaries, birthdays, and big family dinners (Thanksgiving anyone?) are all crammed into this little month.
At this point, there is only really one time that is going to work for me to write—early morning. I am not an early morning person, so I’m hoping that rituals can only help me at this point.
So this anti-(writing) ritual person is ritualizing her way into a NaNoWriMo November with these three things:
- A yummy smelling candle. I got a pretty cheap one from Wal-Mart (cause there was no time to answer a fancy one from a pretty shop). `
- Playlist. I love music. I listen to random music when I write, but I’m working on putting together a playlist that I can only listen to when I’m working on my NaNoWriMo project.
- Prayer. Getting to create with the Creator is such an honor. He is the ultimate story teller and He can help guide my pen.
- And a bonus one. Coffee (but really. That’s a given right?)
So here’s to new rituals and crazy goals.
Do you have any plans for making sure you have a successful NaNoWriMo?