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In the first two decades of my life I wanted to be a creative writer.
The way famous writers awaken their creativity
For most of us authors, however, the muse is more like a grumpy hibernation beard refusing to go out of its den. We would probably only find a fistful of words a year if we waited for her to visit us before we started writing. Jack London's 1905 essays on how to become a publishing author were a wise observation that everyday writing was the best way to awaken the dormant muse.
However, the implementation of a day-to-day writing habits is tough work, and even if we appear at the computer, the words could still decline to come. One of the best ways to get the muse out of the den is through a writing rite.
Continue reading to learn how several renowned authors used writing rites as a source of source of inspiration and how you too can create a strong writing rite to reach your day-to-day writing objectives. This is a writing rite. What is it? Writing rites are a defined succession of acts that you carry out before you start writing.
This is how Stephen King once described his writing process: For Neil Gaiman, his writing practice includes writing by handwriting and the use of a particular crayon: Toni Morrison also has faith in the might of writing rituals: To put it briefly, writing ceremonies is a way of luring the muse.
It helps us to spiritually train ourselves for writing and is one of the key stages in the formation of a day-to-day writing habits. The Pulitzer Prize-winning economic journalist Charles Duhigg describes the important three-stage habitual formation processes in his work The Power of Habit: So a writing ceremonial could be understood as a keyword.
Kerouac trained his mind to connect the candles with the act of writing, for example, by lightning his own candles before each lesson. Every night the spark plug was lighted, his mind switched to write on it. It took some elapsed, however, for the mind to combine the effect of lightning a candlestick with the creation of writing.
And Kerouac had to perform his daily practice incessantly. Murakami states how important it is to follow the same writing routines every single working-day: see how to make a consequent writing practice in my paper below: Finally, writing ceremonies helps us to cultivate customs that are indispensable for our creativity.
So as Flannery O'Connor said in a note, "How can you design a writing rite that supports the creativity of your mind? I like to waste some of my spare minute cleaning up my writing room when I am writing literature. I' m trying to record every night at the same hour in the same room, and I' m playing the same CD (that's how the songs are associated with my writing time).
I don't have a fixed writing period when I am writing articles, but I like to use a timers to increase my attention like Anthony Trollope did. Obviously, each writing rite will be different for you. This is Toni Morrison's counsel for the determination of what kind of ceremony you should perform, basically we need to spell out a culture and a range of action that will show the mind up.
In The War of Art, Steven Pressfield says I would also like you to join my personal writing group on Facebook, where you can get in touch with me and other authors.