Many writers have a ritual or routine to start them off writing. Some of them can’t even start without a pad of paper next to their keyboard. I’ve never been one for routine, but lately, I’ve explored the idea of routine when it comes to my writing. I stream most mornings, and I’ve found that making my breakfast and setting on my desk, spawns creativity.
Oatmeal and coffee at the desk.
Oatmeal is hearty. It’s bland. It needs a little T.L.C. in order to make it palatable. This reminds me of my writing. Every story needs some heart, soul, and sugar.
Layers are what make stories more fun too. As a writer, I enjoy bringing those layers to the character and making them work through those issues.
Just like the variety of coffee, those issues need some creative counteractions and solutions. Some people like it black without fanciness. Me, I like my coffee with a dash of smooth cream, raw sugar, and dark roasted.
Variety is the key to making and breaking the template, even when it comes to oats or coffee. I’m always working on things with one focused project. My novels are my world. Everything else grows from those bitter-sweet moments within the creation of the novel.
Now that I have a routine, I get hungry if I don’t write. Literally!