I just finished reading The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton. In a nutshell, it’s about five women in the late 60’s who discover a mutual love of writing. The book was a fun read and I often found myself nodding along as the characters discovered some new revelation about writing.
Here’s a passage I particularly liked.
I know writers who have a talisman or a ritual to make writing easier: bunny slippers they wear or a certain candle they always burn when they’re writing; putting a pen to paper at sunrise, or noon, or 11:00 PM; sitting in a certain chair in a favorite cafe or walking their dog on the beach first; playing one song on their iPod on infinite repeat on one novel, then choosing another song for the next. But that always strikes me as dicey. What if that cafe table is taken? What if the god you walk on the beach eats your bunny slippers? What if your iPod dies? And the fact is, we’re mothers and wives; if we waited for the stars to align just so, we’d still be waiting.
There are so many excuses not to write, but they’re just that- excuses. I don’t have any excuses (except work) and I’m halfway through Book #2. So I’m making my newest goal public.
The first draft of THE RELUCTANT QUEEN will be done by July 15th!
*and the crowd goes wild*
What about you? Do you have any writing superstitions? What are your current writing goals?