Writing rituals to get you in the mood

Writer friends – do you have a writing routine?

I struggle with routines as my life is a touch chaotic at this moment in time. Working full time, raising a very willful and somewhat maniacal toddler, forging a self-published author career and surviving through a global pandemic do not make for an easy environment to form new routines.

So instead of creating a strict, or even flexible, writing routine, I’ve taken to creating writing rituals instead. Ways to trick my brain into switching from mum, or wife, or employee mode, into writer mode.

My writing rituals

Here’s a little list of steps I take to prepare for a writing session.

  • Make a cup of tea (or coffee, or another beverage of your choice).
  • Fill a small bowl with snacks (nuts, pretzels, chocolate, whatever you fancy) and either eat throughout my session or check emails and do prep until the bowl is empty, and then the writing MUST start.
  • Light a scented candle (the scent doesn’t matter, but if you have one that reminds you of your current WIP, then all the better).
  • Play music that creates a mood without being distracting (for me it’s folklore and evermore by Taylor Swift, every time)
  • Mute my phone (set your In Case of Emergency contacts and make sure they can still reach you when in mute mode)
  • Choose a word count or time goal and try to focus until I’ve reached it
  • Allow breaks, allow my mind to wander, allow a drink and snack refill if required
  • Be kind to myself if writing isn’t going well today, and be proud of myself if I hit my goal

That’s it. I don’t have a set time that I write, some days I’m a morning person, others (most others) I’m decidedly not. Some days I want to hit 1k words, other days 500 will absolutely do. Some days I can’t face writing at all, so I watch TV with my husband or read a short story and don’t beat myself up for needing a break after a long, stressful day.


What little writing rituals do you observe? Do you have a strict writing routine or more of a set of rituals to get you in the writing mood, like me?

Are you taking part in Camp Nano this April? I’m trying, as I always find NaNoWriMo gives me a motivation boost and I come out with more words than I usually would, but I’m being kind to myself and not making myself write every single day.

Good luck with your current WIP! Tell me about it in the comments.

Lyndsey

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What lies beneath the waves

I’m so excited to share the cover of Enchanted Waters, a collection of YA fantasy short stories coming this Summer!

If you love The Little Mermaid and Pirates of the Caribbean (but probably not Waterworld – remember that? Sorry Costner, it was rubbish), you’ll definitely find a story that’s perfect for you in this anthology.

My story Daughter of the Selkie King is a prequel tie in to The Fair Queen, following Delta, a girl living in the Ondine Kingdom and wrestling with some pretty relatable issues. Not least of which is the fact she lives surrounded by water and can’t actually swim.

She feels like she doesn’t quite fit in anywhere, her mother is keeping secrets that could change everything she’s ever known, and now a strange boy has appeared out of nowhere and he seems to know more about Delta than she knows herself.

With water-magic wielding Fair, selkie royalty and a whole lot of teenage angst, DotSK is a quick but intense read that will throw you into the deep end of the Fair Realm.

Available to preorder now for just $2.99 on Amazon Kindle, Enchanted Waters will be released on 16 July 2021 in both ebook and paperback, and will be fully illustrated by an incredibly talented illustrator!

Not only that, but all profits from sales of Enchanted Waters will go to support Oceana, an incredible charity working to clean the world’s oceans and protect marine life. So you’ll not only get a collection of fantastic stories by bestselling and up-and-coming indie authors, you’ll also be helping to save the world. What’s not to love!

What’s your favourite water-fantasy story? My mum wanted to name me Madison, after the mermaid in Splash, so that movie has a special place in my heart.

Happy reading lovely folk!

Lyndsey

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ARCs of The Fair Queen now available!

Less than 3 weeks to go until The Fair Queen is published! I got the finished ebook and paperback files back from my interior formatter and cover designer today and it is so beautiful I could cry. I uploaded them to KDP immediately and ordered my proof copy of the paperback so I can check for any errors before the hard copies go on sale. I can’t wait for it to arrive next week!

The Advance Reader Copies of the ebook are now available on Booksprout, so head on over if you’d like to claim a copy in exchange for an honest review. There are only 14 left so get it quick before they’re gone and you have to wait until publication day!

I’ve been sharing snippets and aesthetics over on my Instagram page for a while, so you can follow me there if you’d like to find out more about the Fair and their realm before you dive into the story. This is the latest snippet I shared:

“Xander, tell me the truth.” She tried to appeal to the boy she saw underneath. Not the crown prince, not the soldier, the boy who looked at her with such intensity it felt like a caress. Or a blow.

The Fair Queen by Lyndsey Hall

There’s still time to enter the preorder giveaway too, so if you’d like to get your hands on a signed paperback, a TFQ bookmark with custom character art by Lina Amarego, and a digital prologue, then all you have to do is preorder the ebook and send proof of purchase to my email me@lyndseyhallwrites.com or DM a screenshot to me on Instagram.

Here’s the beautiful character art in question:

How gorgeous are they? Aria and Xander, as modelled by Sophie Turner and Ben Barnes (natch).

You can preorder The Fair Queen on Amazon Kindle now, and in paperback very soon. And you can add it to your Goodreads shelf here! I’m also answering reader questions over on my Goodreads page so feel free to ask me anything! And there’ll be some fun and games in the week running up to 31 August on my Instagram so you’re very welcome to pop by and see what’s happening in a couple of weeks.

Thank you for all the love and support The Fair Queen has received so far, you’re the best and I can’t wait to finally share Aria’s story with you.

Lyndsey

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