IWSG, ROW80, and Isolation Music and Poetry

Today is Insecure Writer's Support Group Day!

This month's question is: Do you have any rituals that you use when you need help getting into the ZONE?
Care to share?

If given the space, I definitely do!

I need a latte in a bottomless mug, my favourite pen, a lovely notebook, some music...

However, I usually have very limited time to write. This is not a problem when working on the first draft, because then it's not work; the ideas simply flow and I'm eager to get writing. But for all the subsequent editing stages, I have to squeeze them into the daily round whenever I can.

The best thing for me is to have a goal or deadline, or both, usually in the form of a contest I'd like to enter or an open call from a publisher with a firm end date.

Which reminds me, WRiTE Club is starting soon!

As for ROW80, I've been caught up with work and distance learning and so on, and haven't really progressed on research for Captive of the Sea. But our printer is finally working, so I may print it all out and stay up late and reread it all, editing on paper. We shall see!

I thought I'd also share some of the fun stuff I've experienced in the last few weeks!

Some of the music I've been listening to:

One night a couple of weeks ago! Mark Morriss of the Bluetones
One night many weeks ago! Roddy Woomble of Idlewild
A few nights here and there! Yo Yo Ma
Every afternoon (LA time)! Neil Finn hosting Fangradio
Every night (Western Europe time)! Tim's Twitter Listening Party

Some of the poetry I've been reading:

Dawn of Darkness by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
Pardon Me by Ron Wodaski
Fabrication by Kate Davies
A Great Wagon by Rumi
Sir Patrick Stewart reading Shakespeare's sonnets

Which artists and poets have you listened to and read recently?
Do you have writing rituals?


Chrys Fey said…
I always need music, too. It's my muse. :)
I need music!
Patrick Stewart rocks.
Sarah Foster said…
Music and coffee are definitely necessary for me to start writing.
Deniz Bevan said…
Glad you guys enjoyed the post! :-)
Diane Burton said…
I need coffee. A habit more than a ritual. Stay safe.
Michael Di Gesu said…
Need my lattes, too! LOL Music is always inspiring to me. It takes me to different places in time. I love classical and period music from movies from the twenties, thirties, and forties. Hope all is well... stay safe!
Hi Deniz - love music ... but am happy being quiet - and usually that's they way I go. I prefer to read paper ... so can appreciate you wanting to print out your draft. Poetry is one of my 'got to understand' genres later on this year I hope. I came across Du Fu - the great Chinese poet from the Tang dynasty ... that was fascinating - they had a repeat BBC programme on him. I wrote a blog post about ... very brief ... 11 April ... links are there. Take care and say safe - Hilary