Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.
QUESTION: Do you have a “lucky pen?” Or, maybe your talisman is a particular mug for your coffee or a ratty old sweater that you leave draped over the back of the chair at your writing desk. Perhaps you don’t have a writing desk, but you do have a writing superstition about revealing details about your latest project to anyone before you’ve finished. Do you have a secret ritual that you go through when you send a submission? Whatever routines or charms you use to ward off irrational fears, it’s time to fess up. Inquiring minds want to know.
Jamie Wallace: I hate to admit it, but I definitely have some personal superstitions. I don’t really have a lucky pen, but I am pretty sure that writing gets easier when I have a nice, hot cup of tea at hand. This gets muddled in the summertime, of course, when hot tea is suddenly not such a treat, but more of form of cruel and unusual torture. I think this is why my productivity takes a dive in the summertime. (*cough* – cop out – *cough*) ANYway … I also must end each of my “morning pages” journals on a happy note. Each time I come to the last pages in one of these notebooks, I make sure to come up with something upbeat and optimistic to wrap things up.
Diane MacKinnon: I don’t have too many superstitions. I see “signs” all the time, but I always assume they are for me, not against me. If I say, “I’m going to go write,” and I immediately spy the hummingbird at my kitchen window, I assume the hummingbird is telling me it’s a good decision. I feel affirmed and I go write. If I don’t write and I say to myself, “I’m so bummed I didn’t write today,” and I see the hummingbird, I assume the hummingbird’s message is, “It’s okay, you’ll write tomorrow.” It may be a naive world view, but it works for me!
Lisa J. Jackson: My only ritual before submitting anything (to a client or to a market for consideration) is to close the document/email and ignore it for at least an hour. I do other things, then come back to that document/email, open it and read it with fresh eyes, and then hit the Send button. I never fail to find something that needs fixing before hitting the Send button. 🙂
Similar to Jamie with the morning pages – I hadn’t thought about it, but I do make sure that my last line is something positive and upbeat such as “looking forward to the new thing I learn today”.
Deborah Lee Luskin: No superstitions, just a need to write. Any place, all the time.