Like many people, I’m still adjusting to the reality that I’ve been stuck in my house for the past couple of months and … rituals have been hard to keep. This past week, I finally accepted that my “real/regular job” isn’t coming back any time in the foreseeable future. I started to do what I used to do when I was writing full-time. I’ve started putting together a daily schedule *as if* I have a real job – because writing is a real job.
The schedule is *simple*. I believe in starting slow and then building on success. Days 1-3 were literally just this, with a very loud but musically pleasant alarm at set times. 1) Every morning, get up, have a FULL breakfast. If I already did, I can cancel the alarm. If not, then oops – because I forgot – again. 2) A half hour later (at the latest) take some time to meditate/pray/heal, whatever I feel like calling it that day, while listening to soothing music. 3) A half hour later, do some housework from the list I made up. So simple right?
Finally, I added item four – spend the afternoon writing *something creative*. I was writing before, but I’m trying to do so consciously, with my full attention, not like a crazy person shooting paintball gun words at the wall, hoping they’ll all make sense when I’m done. Thus far the ritual seems to be working. I may not be accomplishing great things, but I already feel a lot better – a good deal more human – inside.
What about you? Do you have any writing rituals – or rituals in general? Let me know in the comments.