Hi, everyone. Once again, this month’s question comes from the Insecure Writers Support Group.
Honestly, I don’t have any writing rituals per se. I tend to start with primary source research: putting my “boots on the ground” to visit places I write about.
While I’m working on a project, though, I bear in mind the three ways in which we carry culture: food, language, and music. I avail myself of those methods to stay in the so-called zone while I’m working. While writing Bayou Fire, I listened to a lot of traditional jazz, zydeco, and Cajun music. I likewise studied kouri-vini and Cajun French, and ate a lot of exceptional Louisiana comfort foods like jambalaya.
Now, with Pompeii Fire, I’m studying Latin, took a course in Roman art and archaeology, am currently enrolled in a course in Roman architecture, and have reproduced one (so far) ancient Roman dish made from chard that is a big hit in our household.
How about you? Do you have writing rituals or ways to “stay in the zone” on your projects?