Earlier this semester, we were asked to discuss our writing rituals. For almost all of college, my writing ritual has been the same. An almond milk Spanish latte and one of the booths at the Espresso Royale on South University is exactly what I need to put pen to paper. If I’m there in the morning and it’s sunny, I’m even more productive!
These have been my “rules” for quite some time. I haven’t been tempted to tamper with it, as I didn’t know if it could get much better. However, senioritis called for drastic measures to be taken. Even this beloved ritual did not give me the motivation I needed to work on my project. So, I started to experiment with music. I found words to be distracting, so I tried to limit it to classical music. This didn’t seem to increase my creativity, so I kept looking.
I eventually landed on a “writing inspiration” playlist on Spotify and wow. I’ve never been able to focus for so long. It was like words were magically appearing on my screen. While I’m not sure if my productivity was a direct result of this playlist, I know that this will definitely be something I incorporate into my writing ritual in the future. Has anyone else’s rituals changed as this course has progressed? Why? How?