Writing Rituals Setting the Stage for Success

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If you have regular writing rituals then there’s one thing you will know about that above all else: routine and rituals work.

The bricklayer who shows up each day, builds a wall. He knows that if he doesn’t show up, the wall doesn’t get built. Conversely, if he does show up to lay bricks each day, he makes steady and consistent progress. Over time the bricks that become a wall, become a house. Similarly, the words that become a sentence, become a paragraph, become a chapter, to become a book over time, one day at a time.

The maker makes, and in the process, the maker is made.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

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Rituals are Signals that Invoke a Response

One of the habits that helps set you up for success is the cultivation of rituals that signal to your psyche that “It’s time to create.” Associations invoke a response. Consider the fragrance of coffee in the morning, (if you’re a coffee drinker)… the fragrance of pumpkin spice in fall… the music from a favorite movie soundtrack that can transport you to your favorite screen world.

The establishing of rituals is powerful for calling the muse and cultivating focus.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

One of the habits that helps set you up for success is the cultivation of rituals that signal to your psyche that “It’s time to create.” Associations invoke a response. Consider the fragrance of coffee in the morning, (if you’re a coffee drinker)... the fragrance of pumpkin spice in fall… the music from a favorite movie soundtrack that can transport you to your favorite screen world. #writing #creating #life #journal #goals

 

Settings Can Be Rituals

Libraries and Bookstores – Settings for Inspiration

In libraries, it is the quiet hush and smell of books that lure us into holding a book in our hands to discover the secrets therein. I still have years of fond memories of coffee shops and bookstores, where the aroma of coffee brewing and an array of bistro tables and overstuffed cozy chairs beckon the reader to banter with a friend or curl up with a book, a brew and a cozy chair to read… to think… and to dream.

Sports – Settings for Fun and Fervor

In sports, it is the raucous cheer of the fans rocking the stadium that carry us away in the fun and spirit of the game. For most in North America, that setting probably includes the smell of hotdogs and relish, hot pretzels and soda, or if you’re cheering your team from home, it’s probably chips and beer.

Meditation – Settings for Aspiration and Invocation

For meditation, it may be incense, lighted candles, meditative music and chimes that invoke the stillness that prepares the mind for transcendence.

Settings are sacred spaces that signal the muse that you’re ready to settle down and write.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

If you have regular writing rituals then there's one thing you will know about that above all else: routine and rituals work.  The bricklayer who shows up each day, builds a wall. He knows that if he doesn't show up, the wall doesn't get built. Conversely, if he does show up to lay bricks each day, he makes steady and consistent progress. #writing #blog #quotes #creative #business

 

Habits that Beckon the Muse

Discipline and Consistency

It’s really quite simple. No mystery… no secret. Writing rituals practiced consistently over time, become habits.

It’s what we’re all about here. It’s why we created this site, this brand, and this community because it’s that powerful… that important… and that essential to your success.

It’s all about creating daily. Daily rituals establish a rhythm of progress that become a habit that strengthens every area of your life, because what works for one is then easily applied to another.

The simplest but most effective habit above all else is to write daily.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

It's really quite simple. No mystery... no secret. Writing rituals practiced consistently over time, become habits. It's what we're all about here. It's why we created this site, this brand, and this community because it's that powerful... that important... and that essential to your success. #habits #quotes #journal #goals #life

Habit

Rituals and settings are habits that beckon the muse. Habits make your daily den of doing a deliberate place and space that conjure her cooperation. With writing rituals practiced consistently over time you’ll find it easier to write at will, no matter when and where you may be.  You are controlling what happens and when. You can demand the muse appear, whenever you wish, wherever you may be.

When your daily discipline is established, your muse will be there waiting for you, sprinkling stardust ideas faster than you can write.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

Rituals and settings are habits that beckon the muse. Habits make your daily den of doing a deliberate place and space that conjure her cooperation. With writing rituals practiced consistently over time you'll find it easier to write at will, no matter when and where you may be.  You are controlling what happens and when. You can demand the muse appear, whenever you wish, wherever you may be. #daily #quotes #goals #habits #writers

 

Writing Rituals are Simply Habits

In the early stages, the rituals are your training wheels. After awhile you’ll be able to glide along with or without them, without a second thought. Eventually the creator and muse merge and you carry her wherever you go and call upon her at will.

Productive habits hack away at the dross that doesn’t belong. You and your muse merge and what’s left is you, your keyboard, and access to the realm of ideas flowing freely from the cloud of creativity to your screen.

Are there other kinds of writing rituals you can employ to help you write? Absolutely! You choose the specific rituals that serve you most. What works for us may not be what works best for you.

 

iCreateDaily Writing Rituals for Success

We like to keep it uber simple so that you’re not overwhelmed at memorizing a list of things to do and to practice. So starting with the absolute essentials and expanding into extras for fun and nuance… because after all… we’re all creatives here and love the extra touches that build the writer’s scene.

One Essential Writing Ritual – Just One Above All Others

  1. Consistency – show up to write daily, preferably at the same time each day whenever possible.

Two Writing Rituals to Strengthen Your Craft

  1. Setting – create a sacred space and time where you show up to write no matter what to the extent humanly possible.
  2. Solace – eliminate all interruptions. Turn off notifications, phones, social sites, etc. Just you and your keyboard… writing.

Writer’s Rituals for Flare and Fun

  • Caffeine! We love a nice cup of coffee (my favorite is butter coffee).
  • Headphones & music – we each have our favorite music for inspiration and tuning out all outside noise. This is especially helpful if you can’t be alone when it’s time to write. In our home (we work from home) having on headphones or earbuds is generally a “Do not disturb” sign.
  • Special talisman – I have a stone that Devani gave me that is etched with the word “Create” that I sit in the upper right hand side of my laptop.
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My writing ritual ‘Create’ stone.

The sculptor hacks away at many slabs of stone before he finds his David.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

Famous Writers’ Rituals

And for fun, here are a few famous writers and their writing rituals.

  1. Maya Angelou – would booked a hotel room, strip the walls of decor, pour a glass of sherry, lay out her bible, thesaurus and a deck of cards and started writing.
  2. Ernest Hemingway and Victor Hugo both used stand-up desks before they were popular, (on our wish list!).
  3. Stephen King – writes 2,000 words every day of the year, no matter what, including holidays and birthdays.
  4. Leo Tolstoy – also wrote every single day. (You see the theme here..?).
  5. Haruki Murakami – International best selling Japanese author – writes every day and keeps the same daily routine while writing a novel.

If you have pets, you know they know when it’s feeding time. They’re there waiting for you… bugging you until you finally feed them. Pets catch on quickly to routine. So too will your creative muse. Once you establish the habit, she’ll be there at the ready.

“The repetition itself becomes the most important thing; it’s a form of mesmerism. I mesmerize myself to reach a deeper state of mind.”
~Haruki Murakami, prolific Japanese author, international bestsellers

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Hello! I’m LeAura, an autodidactic former homeschooling mom, self development advocate, entrepreneur, author, ideator, web publisher, and podcaster, passionate about helping others achieve their best possible life!

I love people, creating, and good conversations on creativity, growth, development and entrepreneurship. So co-hosting the iCreateDaily podcast along with my daughter, Devani, is one of my favorite things to do.

I’ve trained and certified in mediation, strategic intervention, marriage and family coaching as well as a fitness trainer, and participated in many courses and workshops over the years.

Today, the synergy of creating websites, articles and podcasts, brings together all my favorite things: learning, growth, creating, connecting and contributing. To share these with you is a privilege, that serves my lifelong aspiration to help others.

My personal areas of creativity are in writing, masterminding, ideation and bringing ideas to life through business and entrepreneurship.



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