I realize that some people have a ritual or things they have to have when they get ready to sit down to read. Some people have a ritual or things they have to have when they write as well. For me there are things I have to have while reading in case an idea strikes and I need to write. A lot of times my ideas come to me while I am sitting in bed reading at night. It just comes with the territory.
I mostly read at night before bed. The day time is filled with so many other things that I often don’t have time to read. But I have a few things that I have to have when reading. First is a cup of tea. Since it is bed time I drink the Lipton Soothe tea, which is a green tea with a hint of mint and citrus. I love it. If I read during the day I have to have green tea with lemon.
I am usually reading at least three books at a time so all my books are sitting in my bed and I will spend about an hour reading each book. I also have my notebook. This is so I can take notes on the books I am reading so that when I do my book review I have all the important parts right in front of me. Which is fantastic, because when I have a thought or complaint about the book I have a reminder. I often forget my complaints if I like the book. I am blinded by the good ending.
If I am reading during the day I also have to have my iPod and headphones. At night the house is quiet and a fan is enough to drown out any major sounds. For some reason I can read better with music blaring in my ears than hearing the noise of my family going on about the day.
When I sit down to read I have to have a few things.
First…tea. I know, I am a tea nerd. For writing the tea can very. It’s either sweet tea, green tea with lemon, Earl Grey, or Lady Grey. It just depends on what I am feeling that day. I also have to have some water and usually a little something to snack on. I don’t want any distractions while I am writing.
I have a few notebooks that I keep with me while writing as well. The one pictured above and two more. Out of the two, one is for a story that I have been working on the second book for, and the other is for random ideas I have been writing down. The one pictured above is for my blog.
I have a mini white board on my bedroom door. I use it for when I am writing so everyone knows not to bother me. Of course, it only works half the time.
Let’s not forget my computer. It depends on what kind of mood I am in. I will either use my desktop or my laptop. If I am using my laptop I am usually sitting in my bed because I am too lazy to sit at the computer desk…although sitting in bed helps my ideas flow.
There has to be music. Always! It helps me drown out the noise of the house and keeps me focused on my work.
I would love to have an office with sound proof walls. I could so write in silence. I could also use a computer that doesn’t connect to the internet because I always think of something that I just need to look up right then. Even if I have the notebooks sitting beside me and can jot down what I need to look up for later.
That’s my routine and needs for reading and writing. What do you do to read or write? Or am I the only weird person that has to have things set up?