My Writing Ritual (1)
As far as writing is concerned, I am a morning as well as an evening person. I am at my most creative early in the morning and at the start of the evening. During the intermittent hours I need to think. I know of writers who complain about this tendency to postpone starting to write.
In the morning I have to force myself to eat something before making my way to my computer. Often I have my breakfast standing up in front of my computer. The moment my fingers hit the keyboard, I am lighting my first cigar. I never used to shower until after my first session in the morning but since I am connected via Skype to my publisher I am presentable at a much earlier hour.
I only smoke Panter Tango cigars, and having access to my preferred brand is vital. On occasion, my regular supplier rums out of this brand, this is a setback, especially for my writing.
I think postponing putting pen to paper (or rather finger to keyboard) is essential to the writing process. It’s when waiting for inspiration that ideas get born. Sometimes you actually have to sleep on it but the next morning it is hard to keep up with the flood of words.
This is an excellent sign, the greatest poem, your most cherished passage in a novel, they are always written very swiftly. In my case the consumption of cigars reaches record levels and I have no notion of time.
Songwriters are very vocal about this phenomenon. Their greatest hits were often written in no time but it could well be that they had mulled over this for a very long time.
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