Does where we write affect how we write?
I personally feel like the answer is a big yes, but it’s not just about where we write.
Writers are creatures of habit and it’s very common for writers to have rituals that help them get the job done. Some people are night owls and write their best work in the dark. Other people can only write after they’ve had a wine, coffee or tea. There are millions of variations on writing rituals, it really is about the person and what works for them.
I like to set up at my desk, but never before cleaning up first. I usually have a cup of coffee and some water with me and I *try* to set a time for myself, say half an hour, and I get as much done in that time as I can.
You’re probably thinking ‘Amy… what’s the point of this post? Duh, writers have rituals??” but my real point here is BREAKING the ritual!
Change Up The Routine & Trash The Rituals.
I always find that when I fall into a routine, I can lose my interest. The best way to fix this issue is to change up my rituals and break from the routine.
If I spend all my time at home, in front of a desk, it’s so easy to start to become bored or even distracted by other jobs I have to do around the house. This is why it’s so important to mix things up.
Sitting at a cafe, a library or going for a walk somewhere new, can fuel inspiration and break you out of the cycle. Try something new to fill yourself with inspiration and motivation. I always find that when I’m out in public, I’m more likely to hold myself accountable for the work I do.I really do think that if you are in a writing slump you need to try something new to break yourself out of the mundane.
I really do think that if you are in a writing slump you need to try something new to break yourself out of the mundane.
And really, what’s the harm? Even if you do it once and it doesn’t work, at the very least you’ve tried something new and maybe it will bring on a little stroke of inspiration. Even if you end up going back to your routine once the block ends, you will know that there is a way to break out of it.
So the next time you feel like your writing isn’t working, pack up your stuff and switch up your ritual. You never know, it might be the thing that gets your book finished!