Have you ever taken time to consider how you prepare to write? I find that I go through the same rituals every time that I set down to write.
First, I check my e-mail. After all, there may be some work sent to me from a client that needs my immediate attention, or important messages from family members or friends that I can't ignore. Then, I must check the Southern Magic loops, the Critique Group loop and the latest blog. I don't want to let anyone down. It dawns on me that I should also check the Yahoo's home page so I am current on what is happening in the world. A writer must be informed. So I check it too.
Finally it is time to write. That is when I notice that my husband has re-arranged everything on my desk. Annoyed, but trying not to be anal about it, I fix everything the way I like it. Now, I am really ready to begin.
By now, my middle aged bladder dictates that I make a quick trip to the bathroom. This is followed by a stop in the kitchen to get something to drink. Okay, I am set. Let the creative juices flow! Usually they do and I manage to write a few pages each day. This is the best part of the day for me and it is my reward for doing everything else I do all day long. But, lately I have been wondering how much more I could write if I wasn't chained to my pre-writing rituals? The novel I have been plodding through would probably already be done.
What rituals do you go through before you begin writing?