I saw a DVD of a Roy Williams training camp for kids. He said that before making a free throw, you develop your very own schtick. An extra bounce … a cut of the eyes … a tuck of the head. Whatever, it is yours and will carry you through your b-ball career. I think something like that is true for many writers.
• I have a particular piece of jewelry I wear whenever I am working on a Bear mystery (my current endeavor is Hard to Bear). The bracelet is silver with bear tracks. Also, I must have coffee. It often sits in the cup, gets reheated in the microwave repeatedly until it becomes undrinkable, but it HAS to be there.
• My friend Adrianne Lee can’t begin her day in front of the keyboard until she has completed her make-up. Ideas reside in eyeliner for Lee, apparently … I can imagine that an eyebrow pencil may one day be one of her murder weapons. Oh, and there is an ever-present Diet Coke an arm’s reach away.
• Beth Pratt demands absolute quiet for at least one hour. Nothing bubbling on the stove, no laundry in the dryer, internet off, cell phone in another room. She writes long hand, you know, like they don’t teach any more. And her view is the field behind her house where spring is currently putting on a show.
• Ruth Marcus, who is arguably the busiest person I know, is willing to write in the wee hours. They’re the only ones left. She keeps paper (must be white and unlined) plus a ‘space’ pen next to her bed so she can write while lying down.
Do you have such a writing ritual that you’d care to share?