It's the first Wednesday in May so it's time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group!
This month's question is:
I don't really have any rituals. I'm someone who writes whenever I have time to write, so I don't feel like I have the time to indulge in any rituals. I just grab that moment of free time and get to it.
That said, there are a few things I do to make sure that when I sit down to write, I can actually get going without warming into it too much. For instance, I never leave a project at the end of a chapter or section. I always write at least a few sentences or paragraphs of the next so when I get back to the MS, I'm not facing a blank page and have a few lines to lead me back into the story.
When I'm drafting, I don't like to stop and do research so if I hit a point where I might need some information I don't have at hand, I'll leave myself a note in the text and highlight it in yellow so I can find it later and fill in the details. My early drafts are littered with things that say FIND OUT WHAT THE KOREAN WORD FOR GRANDMOTHER IS or LOOK UP THE LITERACY RATE IN AUSTRALIA IN 1886.
So, I don't think I've really answered the question, but hopefully some of these tips for making sure any writing time you snatch is productive are useful for you.
What rituals do you observe to help get in the zone?