This morning I finally sat down to work after a nightmare walk with my little princess dog who thinks using her legs is beneath her. My daughter texts me, the second I type the first line, "Mom, I need chapstick."
"What happened to the two I just bought you?"
"One is in my work apron and the other in my makeup bag."
"Sigh. None in your purse?" Then it dawned on me the ridiculous of the situation. "You do realize this is a scene straight out of "Napoleon Dynamite, right?"
"LOL so true. Audrey gave me some."
Thank you, Audrey.
I don't know if all writers are like this, but my brain needs to sit quietly and imagine before I sit down at the keyboard. I have to know where I'm going and live in the story for a bit while I wait for the characters to talk to me. Every time I get interrupted, that whole process has to start over again. My Irish/Italian temper will come out to play if it happens one too many times.
If you haven't seen this scene, it's very offensive, but I think it best sums up what it feels like to be interrupted when in the writing moment.
Being in a creative field is something you really need to be in the right mood for. In my other job (property management) I'm fine to not "feel" it. I just show up and do the work and go home. There's no deep-seated need to prepare or get all zen before sitting down to the computer. Some days I really wish I was wired for more of that. Where you do a job, you get paid, you go home. And other days, I think I'm a WRITER! That is the best job on earth!
And I really believe it is the best job. But here's my standard writing prep.
1. The dog has to be walked.
2. I have to have espresso (which means a drive to Starbucks, which means I need to be showered with makeup.)
3. The house has to be clean. If I look around and there's a mess, my mind is cluttered so that has to happen
4. All my email chains must be answered and replied to.
5. Bills must be paid or I'll stop and worry about things.
6. Candles lit, prayers said.
I think that's about it, but in a chaotic life, it's a lot and if something disrupts my chain, the whole day can be thrown off. That's when I wish I just went to work and typed like a monkey on a keyboard. Do you have rituals that help you get into the mode of work?