For me, quality writing is elusive. I’ve been working on my novel for just under a year now (which is scaring the crap out of me because it’s still unfinished) and I’ve spent a lot of time figuring out my little superstitious way to ensure maximum productivity and creativity. Here are the things that help me get the creative juices flowing:
- A clean desk: I am so easily distracted when I write, so I preemptively like to clean my desk or table before I start to crank out pages just to make sure I stay on-task.
- Scrunchies: Nothing kills my writing vibe more than hair in my face and since my hair is long, thick, and curly, this is a problem for me. I purchased a 5-pack of these scrunchies from Urban Outfitters and I love them. I love them so much. I love these scrunchies so much that I am going to single-handedly keep scrunchies in style so that I can continue to wear them without judgment.
- The GoogleDoc word counter extension: I’m highly motivated by increasing my novel’s word count, so the first thing I installed when I moved my draft to GoogleDocs was a word counter extension. I think word count is a more accurate meter for tracking progress than page count and I love checking the counter and seeing how much I wrote in each lil writing session.
- BIC RoundStic blue pens: These pens are my absolute favorite! They’re conveniently cheap and I find that they last a long time even if you leave them uncapped. If I come to a rut in my writing process, the first thing I do is write by hand to try and untangle the knots and these pens are kind of the key to this practice. They go perfectly with…
- Mead FiveStar spiral-bound college-ruled notebooks: I am such a snob when it comes to wide-ruled versus college-ruled and how my notebooks are bound, but I just love these. The covers are durable and they come in so many different sizes and colors while being relatively inexpensive. My favorite right now is a single-subject notebook with a white cover because it’s easy to shove in my backpack and stands up to lots of wear.
- Pajamas: As much as I love looking cute/socially acceptable, I have a stash of ugly jammies and sweatpants that are my writing go-to’s. Fuzzy socks are also a must because I keep my room pretty chilly.
- Music: I grew up as a competitive dancer and this totally changed my relationship with music. To me, music triggers a weird work ethic for me because my time in the studio has unintentionally associated hard work with music. Weird, but it works. I’m digging playlist called “Chill Vibes” by Spotify at the moment, but I also have a self-compiled playlist called “write on” that gets me in the writing mood.
- A small space: What I think is so weird about me as a writer is that I love to write sitting on the floor or in an environment like the one I’m writing. For example, I wrote a short story last year that took place, from start to finish, in a bathroom with the lights off during a school shooting. In order to write as candidly as possible, I sat on the floor in between my couch and the wall and wrote for two hours straight without stopping. A few days ago, I was trying to write a scene and just couldn’t get it, so I went and sat on my parents’ bathroom floor for an hour and wrote like nobody’s business. Maybe it’s just me, but I think sitting on the floor in a small space triggers creativity (it’s probably just me).
- An obnoxiously inspirational quote: There’s something about profanity that makes me want to write. My desk faces a chalkboard wall in my room and, right about my desk, I have written “write the f***ing book!” in chalk. Like with sitting in a small space, maybe it’s just me.