Writer's WebBuilding Writing Confidence
G.M. Smith

Writing rituals are personal habits, which make no practical sense to writing, that people routinely perform when they are faced with a writing task. These habits are typically related to the time one writes, the environment in which one writes, and/or one's behavior while writing.

Writing rituals based on time dictate either how long of a time period you spend writing or the time of day at which you write. Those related to environment are defined by a particular location (i.e. bedroom, park, beach, tree house) in a certain condition (i.e. clean, messy, secluded, populated, noisy, quiet). Behavior-based writing rituals are repeated actions performed (without direct attention) either before or while writing, which often are idiosyncratic or monotonous (i.e. sitting, smoking, sipping a drink, vacuuming, pencil sharpening).

Benefits of Writing Rituals:

Tips for Improving your Writing Confidence:


O'Shaughnessy, Kathleen, Connie McDonald, Harriet Maher and Ann Doubie. "Who, What, When, and Where of Writing Rituals." The Quarterly of The National Writing Project (2002): 24.4. Web. 18 March 2004. <http://www.writingproject.org/pub/nwpr/quarterly/2002no4/dobie.html>.


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