I have a whole host of vlogs and blogs that I like to watch and read from writing, crafts, life, schooling. I was watching one last week and thought her theme was something fun and interesting, so thought I’d have a go too!
Her name is Kim Chance and you can find her on her YouTube channel, on Twitter, on Instagram, on Facebook, and her website where she offers editing services. I love watching her videos. She is always so bright and cheerful, has plenty to tell you and in a fun way. I’ve learned a lot from her and look forward to reading her novel when it is finally out in January next year!
So last week, she put up a video called Writing Rituals Tag w/Mandi Lynn. I love these videos and getting a sneak peek into other peoples lives to see what they get up to. They aren’t just something fun to watch though I don’t think, they are informative too. There are always little snippets in between the laughs that give new writers ideas and insights of what to look out for, what to expect and thoughts to help you/us overcome or get around blocks, hiccups and bumps along our paths. In the more info under her video, she wrote out the questions from her video so that we could all have a go ourselves. So I thought, why the heck not! I might be new to this, but I can still have a go…
Questions for the Writing Rituals Tag:
When do you write? (time of day, day of week)
A. Any time of the day. With a husband, two kids, two cats, a house to look after, all my little projects and the school summer holidays in full swing, right now, I write when I have the chance. Like right now, being a Saturday morning, the kids are upstairs tidying their bedrooms (which translates to playing Minecraft or Roblox on tablets and PCs no doubt!) so I am stealing some time in between laundry loads to write this.
As I wrote this, something bugged me. Something was wrong with this post and I couldn’t put my finger on it. As far as I could tell my spellings were OK…but something was wrong. I made a note to come back to it after lunch and toodled off. Half way through buttering a slice of bread, it hit me. It’s not flippin’ Saturday! It’s Friday! No wonder the children were playing video games and not tidying up their bedrooms. I guess I will let them off today now then :o)
How do you seclude yourself from the outside world?
A. I have a small space just off my kitchen with no TV or anything in sight. I switch my mobile to vibrate. I won’t switch it to silent unless my husband is home unless he needs to get hold of me during the day, or if the children are in school or something. If there are annoying background noises, I’ll put on some music maybe. I have found some lovely playlists on Youtube with hours worth of relaxing music. I won’t have anything on with words though. I tried that once and found myself typing the lyrics!
How do you review what you wrote the previous day?
A. I will just do a quick re-read on what I did so that I can get my head back into the space that I need it in. If there is anything major that needs seeing to there and then, I’ll sort that but otherwise, I might make a note or two. Or I can just get away with a quick read and then head straight back into writing or planning, or whatever it is that I am doing at the time.
What song is your go-to when you’re feeling uninspired?
A. To be honest, there isn’t one. If I am feeling uninspired, I’ll go hit Google Images or Pinterest or maybe YouTube and do a search on whatever it is that I should be working at that time. If all else fails and I have tried these and it didn’t help, I walk away. Leave it, go do something else instead and worry about it again later on.
What do you always do (i.e. listen to music, read, watch youtube, etc.) when you find yourself struggling with writer’s block?
A. OK, so far, I haven’t experienced this, so I can only really go on what I ‘think’ that I might do, and basically, that is what I answered in the last question. I’m not trying to say I am that great, I just simply haven’t been writing for long enough really. I’m still heavily into the planning stage and making notes and writing out various scenes that I know I want to be included…maybe I’ll come back to this when I get into the actual bulk of the writing!
What tools do you use when you’re writing?
A. I am having fun with this part. I’m trying all sort of programs out and checking out peoples suggestions and have found some fun programs, but I seem to settle back into Scrivener each time. When I won in July’s Camp NaNoWriMo I took full advantage of the 50% offer they had on Scrivener. I love how everything you need is right there. You can have all your notes and plans, all your research, thoughts, ideas, all in one place and then, you have the writing element too. I simply love it. The only downside I have found to this program, and it is proving to be a sticking point for me, is there is nothing for Android. There is no way for me to be mobile with this program. Well, there is, if you go Google as some people have workarounds and whatnot, but I would much prefer simply an app that syncs to the main program.
So, I have started using Google Docs and my Google Drive. This has been brilliant. I have it set up into folders and files so it acts pretty much the same way as my Scrivener and how I have that setup, but, I am now fully mobile and can get to all of my info wherever and whenever I chose. It may not be as smooth to use but it works very well.
What’s the one thing you can’t live without during a writing session?
A. One thing? Crikey…well, in the limited time that I have been writing, a drink. I have a drink on the go all the time usually so the first thing I do when I sit to write is open up whatever the program I am using and then go find a drink. If I don’t, I’ll be trying to work and will be just thinking about the drink that I need.
How do you fuel yourself during your writing session?
A. My Polos and a drink – either a cup of tea or a glass of my favourite flavoured water. Mind you, no matter what I am doing I am never far from one of these! I used to smoke, so always had a packet of Polos in my pocket. I quit about 9 years ago now, but still always have them with me. I always have a notebook and pen that is separate from anything I am working on for making notes of anything unrelated…item to go on the shopping list, a phone call that I need to make. This way, I can empty those thoughts onto a piece of paper and crack on. That’s about it really.
How do you know when you’re done writing?
A. When my mind won’t stay focused anymore. Once ‘monkey mind’ starts to take over, I know I am done and it is time to step away and do something else. What I have been doing and started doing during Camp NaNoWriMo, is the word sprints. I found those super helpful to keep me on track and motivated. I’d only do 10 to 15 minutes at a go and this seemed to work for me. But even with word sprints, I know after so many in a day, I’ve had enough. I won’t force myself to write and as soon as I start to feel tired or restless then that’s it, time to stop work for the day.
That was quite interesting to do actually. I only started that as I thought it might be fun, but it was insightful too. Even as a new writer, I have realised that I am already falling into routines and patterns when I sit to write. It might not be much or mean much to others, but it sort of helps me ‘feel’ as though I might just becoming a writer and not just saying it.
Well, I don’t know anyone who writes, so I can’t tag anyone. So, the best that I can do, is to tag…you! Tag, you’re it!