Writer Oddities

So, do you have some strange ritual you have to perform before you can write?  I’ve heard of writers who have to play a specific amount of Solitaire games before they start, writers who have to clean the whole house first, and writers who can’t type a word without their favorite beverage next to them. 

Some of mine?  A cup of something. Coffee, hot tea or Fuze Black & Green Tea.  The latter is getting harder and harder to find, so it’ll probably go back to the first two.  I also like to have the house straightened up first–at least in the areas I’ll see.  I know, I need to dump this habit. And music.  I have soundtracks for each book.  I’m a geek.

Lately, I make sure I’m wearing a bracelet Heather Harper  gave me to celebrate my signing with an agent last year.  It’s the prettiest silver bangle with a swirl design.  I believe the design is called Dreams.  What’s funny is I wrote several finished books without the bracelet, but now, I hunt it down before I begin.  And I have the absolute worst habit of setting things out of place.  Hair scrunchies (Oh yeah?  They’re still cool to me!), jewelry, IMPORTANT WIP NOTES.  Found some of those yesterday. 

So what’s your ritual?

And while you’re thinking about it, I have goodies for you to check out!

First up, an interview!  Yeah,  Of me!  I feel all cooly important today… and flattered.  Missy Frye was kind enough to be curious about me and posted an interview on her blog. Check it out.  I made sure to get plenty of info into each answer. 😉

Don’t forget, the Deadline Dames website will be launching any day.  We are going to share the trials and tribulations of writing in our genres! Who are we? 

Toni Andrews
Keri Arthur
Jenna Black
Rinda Elliott
Jackie Kessler
Karen Mahoney
Devon Monk
Lilith Saintcrow
Rachel Vincent

And last but certainly not least, is one of the friends I mentioned in that interview has a new e-release! Carol Shenold has written another paranormal mystery–a novella called Museums are Murder. Click on the book cover to go check it out!


When Tali agrees to help her friends with the Love County Museum opening, she is expecting a pleasant time with familiar faces—just maybe not as familiar as her former lover, Aiden Courtland. To add to her worries, there has also been a murder. Things start to really heat up when Aiden reveals that a demon wants to cart Tali away to another world—permanently. Now she must face her own powers as well as a were wolf and a demon in order to keep her family safe.


About Rinda Elliott

Writer.I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children. I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency.
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9 Responses to Writer Oddities

  1. Something to drink, not necessarily alcoholic, but I never turn down wine. Otherwise, I just write wherever I have time, could be in a waiting room for the dentist, in ER, at home in the livingroom or on my lunch hour. So much for rituals, other than tracking my word count.

    Thanks so much for posting about Museums, it was so much fun. Carol

  2. Wearing earphones with or without music playing helps me focus and encourages others to let me be. 😉

    I would also say coffee or wine, but I may have to them out of my diet soon. So now my favorite tea in a favorite mug will have to be my new writing talisman.

  3. that would be CUT them out of my diet…

  4. relliott4 says:

    One glass of red wine is good for you. Really! I have one glass most days. I loves my red wine. (Anyone else singing the song by UB40?)

    I hope you get lots of sales, Carol!

  5. Wonderful interview, Rinda. As for the question, I wish I had a ritual. Usually, I snatch spurts of writing time whenever I get a chance. Life is much too demanding lately. That said, the writing is still a priority. I have a novel to finish!

    BTW, thanks for the mention in your interview.

    Have a restful and productive weekend.

  6. Sunny Lyn says:

    late but sincere – happy new year, my friend…and best to all the deadline dames


    no…no rituals for me – I’m lucky if I can visualize then ritualize just getting my butt into the chair – lol

  7. relliott4 says:

    Sara anad Sunny–no ritual is probably best. Means you can jump right in when you need to. 😉

    Happy new year to you, too, Sunny!!!!!

  8. Celise says:

    I don’t really have a routine. I just like to have a quiet place, with possibly Enya or Vangelis playing in the background.

  9. Missy says:

    I’m working on getting my blog up and running again. Hopefully, your interview will be available in the next few days.

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