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Medieval Torture, Bunny Sacrifices, and Writing Rituals

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I’m back! Sort of. Okay, okay. Not really. I’m still slaving away in the writing grave, er, cave, but I thought I’d pop in to let you guys know that I’m still alive.

I’m also here to do a post that was requested over on my Facebook page. Some of you wanted to know what my writing rituals were like. Your wish is my command.

My day starts at 5:00 AM. Ah yes, just one of the many joys of motherhood. Amidst the chaos of getting the kiddos out of bed and ready for school, the  little writing wheels start to turn in my head. S-L-O-W-L-Y.

Once the house quiets down, the ingestion of copious amounts of magic writing juice begins.

I then move on to medieval torture. I believe in some cultures this is called “exercise.” I might be wrong.

Whatever it’s called, it’s essential to the day’s writing. Agatha Christie once said: “The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes. ” I couldn’t agree more. In my case, I ditch dishes for cardio and crunches. There’s nothing quite like plotting out how to make your characters’ lives miserable while you’re dripping in sweat.

After a quick shower, it’s time to bust out the good ol’ notebook. This is where I jot down any writing ideas I’ve had before going to sleep. Most of the time, what seemed like a brilliant idea the night before looks like *bleep* in the morning. Oh, well.

8AM: Ready, get set, write!

Once I’ve hit the halfway point of my word goal for the day, I treat myself to my YouTube fix. I am ADDICTED to watching vlogs. Stalker, much?

More magic writing juice. But since I don’t want to die of a heart attack any time soon, I switch to decaf.

Cute graham bunny sacrifices are made to the writing gods.

Slurp. Slurp. Munch. Munch. Type. Type.

Proper tea break. Current fave: Oolong tea.

Type. Type. Type. SAVE. CLOSE FILE. Email to hubby and mom.

Writing goal guilty pleasure reward. (Oh, Lindsay…)


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41 Responses to “Medieval Torture, Bunny Sacrifices, and Writing Rituals”

  1. Finally! Hihi… Thank you for making your demanding readers like me very happy… Right now I’m in the middle of my favorite activity – blog hopping & general structured procrastination… :)

  2. kat says:

    I noticed the pillows. Cute.

  3. Jane says:

    you are soooo cute & funny, Sam! ;) that’s why your blogs are worth the wait.. although not too far apart I hope! It was a pleasant surprise to see this new post -out of the blue & beyond, haha! I hope you will try to keep us posted even though it’s just once a week -we do miss you, you know. Excited to read your new book! Be well, stay safe! <3

  4. SAM!!!!!! Well you were missed. I kept checking back to see if you posted and I just missed it.
    Glad life is still chugging along for you.
    Its funny but I do some of my best thinking while doing the dishes too. Can’t wait to see what you have planned for your next book.

    • samantha says:

      Wendy!!! *Tackle hugs* I’ve missed you too! I’m sorry I’ve been scarce. I really want to get this book done as soon as possible. Do you know if there’s a magic pill out there that slow writers like me can take to speed up the process?? @-@

  5. DEZMOND says:

    oh, lord, she even has a chicken mug :P
    Love that living room and the sofa, very much like mine, and love the nail polish, and love that you’re a tea fan,Samwise!

  6. L.G.Smith says:

    We are writing kindred spirits. I have to walk in the morning before I write, and I also eat those little bunny graham crackers with my afternoon coffee!! Only I like the chocolate ones. :) )

    PS. You should blog more often. :P P

  7. Good to see you back! Thanks for sharing that ritual with us. Geez, not to be gross, but you must have to go to the bathroom pretty often with all that coffee and tea you consume.

    I love the guilty pleasure breaks too.

  8. Great to see a post from you! I love the pictures.

    I enjoy watching vlogs as well. My YouTube subscription box is always too busy. LOL.

  9. Andrew says:

    Unfortunately, coffee doesn’t help me. It makes having to get up prior to 5:30 really suck even more. I envy your coffee reaction and want magic writing juice of my own.

  10. Glad to see you’re able to come up for air once in a while. Hope all is going well and smoothly with the your writing. Hugs :O)

  11. Sandra says:

    Thanks so much for this! It was so well done. I love your sense of humor! Can’t wait for the next book. Still recommending BEFORE EVER AFTER! Very best wishes!

  12. Diane says:

    I couldn’t agree more with the other comments. Indeed, you are so cute and funny.

    And i just gasped.. when I saw excerpts!!!! Can’t wait for your next book

  13. I’m so glad you’re back!! Missed you.

    Okay, so the photos of the new manuscript–such a teaser. I can’t wait to read it.

  14. tanya reimer says:

    Glad you’re alive! Thanks for the chuckles. Sounds like the perfect day of torture and pleasures.

  15. MuMuGB says:

    Hello Sam! How do you manage to wake up at 5am? Am very impressed! Reading your post, I just realised how lazy I am. Must try harder!

  16. Saumya says:

    I love this so much! So impressed that you run to be stimulated; I definitely need to cultivate that habit. I know I’ve been terrible about commenting but your blog always makes me happy :)

  17. Romuald says:

    I love the way you present your sacred writing ritual, drawing inspiration from the somewhat absurd routine of the day. I have always fancied that there could be no better writer than someone with a heart alert. You are one. :)

  18. Thanks for sharing your writing rituals!

    Goodness, when I workout (not that that really ever happens too often) I can’t even get a coherent thought in my head…and this lasts until some time after! I get ideas when I’m cooking :) Unfortunately that adds calories to your life instead of burning them!

  19. Patricia says:

    I don’t care what your rituals are, as long as you produce another book for me to read. I LOVED “Before Ever After,” and have read it through multiple times. I am also a huge Doctor Who fan, so it’s nice that we have that in common! Now get back to writing so that I have something new to read…..

  20. nikki says:

    Honestly, you’re the first writer whose book AND style of writing I just absolutely love! By the way, nice book trailers :) (yeah, I just saw them and yeah I’m really late, I know) I hope to write like you one day :) Maybe following your writing ritual would do the trick hehe :)

  21. nikki says:

    By the way, the first picture of this post freaked me out. I thought the book you’re working on is horror. Which would suck because I wouldn’t be able to read it. I’ve sworn off that genre.

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