Frequently Asked Question: Do you have any rituals that you use when you need help getting into the ZONE? Care to share?

insecure2bwriters2bsupport2bgroup2bbadgeHi, 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?

 

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