#IWSG Post for May 6- Writing Rituals and Co-existence with a Virus

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May 6 question – Do you have any rituals that you use when you need help getting into the ZONE? Care to share?

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I missed posting last month because of A to Z. I’m bad at multitasking and I was already doing a lot of that due to the lockdown here in India.

So, how has living with a deadly virus been? I’m confused. On days I feel blessed to be in a better position than so many other people; I feel glad for my family, for their safety and for other little things in life. On other days I feel like we’re all treading a tightrope and it’s going to collapse soon. However, I do believe that for a long time we will have to live with these vacillations and contradicting thoughts. The virus will co-exist and the only way to deal with this is to learn to live with it, at least for now.

With this in mind, I feel glad to share that I have decided to turn my A to Z posts into an e book under Blogchatter’s Book Carnival next month. It’s the first step I’m taking towards developing a body of work and I hope there will be no looking back. To plan in these circumstances seems a little weird, but to not plan seems like giving up too soon.

Now for this month’s question.

Do you have any rituals that you use when you need help getting into the ZONE? Care to share?

I’ve never followed any sort of ritual when it comes to writing. But if reading could be called one, then I’m doing it most of the time. It helps me to stay focused. I could also say that most of my thinking happens after lights out at night. And I sleep with the iPad by the bedside. Think and save, think and save… until my eyelids become heavy enough. So, maybe, lights out is my idea of getting into the zone.

I hope we all find our ways and means out of the present maze and can heal ourselves and others through our writing. At least offer some sort of coherence in this mayhem.

Wish you all safe and happy times!

51 thoughts on “#IWSG Post for May 6- Writing Rituals and Co-existence with a Virus”

  1. Navita Bhatia

    The things have not been very cooperative during this period. But, if we look at the positive aspects, there are many. This time will never come again. Let’s make the best out of it.
    About zoning in and out , I must say – nothing can get me in, once I am zoned out.
    And yes.. looking forward to your e- book as much as I did for every post of your A to Z. Best wishes!!

  2. Life keeps me always busy. Right now apart from the online classes for my students, I’m working on an ebook about suffering. Into 5th chapter now. Time flies faster than i reckon.

  3. Best wishes for the eBook!

    I saw a tweet about the IWSG on Twitter a few days ago, possibly from Damyanti. Good to get the details here from your post.

    Lights out sounds like a good idea for getting in the zone. I usually drift to sleep after that. 🤣🤣

  4. Thank you Sonia for your thoughts and congratulations on your plan for the Bloogers Book of the Month. Splendid idea as your historical poems are wonderful and very insightful as to what humanity is currently facing. A lot of solutions and wisdom are to be found in past experiences, essential to keep them alive in our memories. Have an inspiring month of May.

      1. Yes, really not the fun part of writing. My poetry collection is now making me sick. Time to stop tampering with my poem friends before they become strangers.

  5. Hi Sonia. I was excited to hear of your idea of publishing your A to Z posts into an e book under Blogchatter’s Book Carnival. What a great idea. I’ m going to publish ebooks of flash fiction. After 10 years of writing flashes, I’ve got hundreds of stories. It’s just getting the time!

    I, too, read…

  6. Turning your A to Z posts into a book is a wonderful idea. I’m doing a slow A to Z road trip to see the posts I missed from lack of time and I’m going to go back and read some of yours now. I feel like the whole world is in a holding pattern until someone finds a cure for the virus. We’ve all had to adjust and find ways to live with it and do our best to keep ourselves and everyone around us safe in the meantime.

  7. It’s so nice to see someone pen your exact thoughts…. And the exact situation in which each one of us are in this covid situation… As you said, we have all leaned for support on our own healing techniques to provide some coherence in the chaos… And writing is indeed therapeutic!! I was myself contemplating if I should go for the book… But now for some solace I have also jumped in into the budding author journey… And amazed at the amount of positive energy just the thought of it gives 🙂

  8. Rebecca Douglass

    Finding the zone may be like finding a unicorn 🙂 We benefit from the search, but take whatever tiny traces we may stumble on. The time before sleep does often work for running through things in my head, or when I’m exercising. But too often I then either forget what I was thinking–or find it makes much less sense when I’m back home!

  9. I look forward to reading your e-book with the A to Z posts which I couldn’t read thanks to the extra work because of the lockdown. Stay safe and well.

  10. I usually do my best writing thinking in the mornings, because I usually fall right asleep at night. But I agree that reading is so helpful. Sometimes when I’m stuck, I study other people’s books to see how they accomplished what I’m trying to do.

  11. I concur with your other readers about the inspiration derived from reading and thinking about a current project after turning out the light to go to sleep.

  12. I often use reading as a way to put my brain in word mode before writing, so I do consider it a part of ritual or writing practice. Great IWSG post!

  13. It really is a tightrope we’re walking. My community is doing a good job of following the precautions and that helps me feel confident we’ll get through this. I hope your community is similar.
    Reading is a huge Must for me, too. Can’t imagine trying to find my own words if I didn’t enjoy watching them flow!

  14. It’s a different world we’re living in. I used to think about my uncle. He died when he was 12 from the 1918 flu. He cared for his mother and his two sisters, and when his mother, my grandmother recovered, he grew sick and died. It was 3 years before my mother was born. She told me about him so long ago, I can’t remember when I first heard his story, but I never stopped thinking about him. More so now than ever. I don’t know how I know this, but I truly believe good things will come of this. Along with the bad.

    1. It’s natural to think of similar things that may have happened in the past. To keep hope is difficult but it’s the best that can be done.

    2. Such a sad story. I can’t help but think that part of the shock of the current pandemic is that we’d grown complacent in all of the medical advances we’ve witness in our lifetime.

  15. Hi,
    Yes, I too think that we have to learn to co-exist with Covid19.
    I’m happy to hear that your A to Z participation was a success and that you plan to turn it into a book. Stick with it. I have a book from one of my A to Z participations that I still haven’t published.
    One of the reasons that I picked up my pen again to write was because I couldn’t find the type of romance book that I wanted to read. So reading did help and still does to stay the course in my writing. I love reading.
    Wishing you all the best and good luck with the book. Please let us know when it is released.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

    1. Hi Pat
      Thank you so much for stopping by and for the encouraging words.
      I think you did exactly what was required. If you haven’t found a book worth reading, write it yourself.
      Wish you safety and good health.

  16. Good luck with the ebook – great idea to turn your A to Z posts into one. I find reading to be a great source of inspiration, as well as a way to drift off to sleep 🙂

  17. Congratulations on the ebook! I completely agree with the back and forth of our current situation. Just trying to keep moving forward one day at a time. Lovely post!

  18. Good luck with the ebook! Lights out is a good time for thinking, but sometimes I find that I get so involved with a thought for a new chapter or plotline that I lay awake for hours!
    Take care and stay safe.

  19. This lockdown has us going through a range of emotions. Atleast the A to Z challenge helped to stay engaged in the last month. All the best with your ebook, looking forward to it 😊

  20. Congratulations on the ebook. Your A-Z posts were meticulous and amazing. They deserve to get published. All the best.

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