I have to have a few writing rituals/obsessional ticks/things I like (delete as appropriate) when I write/revise/blog etc.
1) A drink - tea, water, juice.
2) A notebook and pen.
3) My laptop, for obvious reasons.lol.
A while ago on the QT forums there was a post about music. Some people like to have music on while they write and some don't. I'm in the former...I need music when I write.
Music is one of those things that help me evoke emotions, inspire me and help build scenes. Hell, I even have a play list for my MS with songs that fit each chapter.
I listen to a very eclectic mix, classical, rock, pop anything. But my favourite band to write to is Muse. I've listened to Muse for years now and I've yet to find a song on their albums that doesn't inspire me. I even had a scene idea for my current MS while at their Resistance tour in November last year. Sad but true fact I got my phone out and wrote it down so I didn't forget!
Muse also inspires me not to give up with revisions/queries etc as with the following lyrics from Invincible:
Make your dreams come true
Don't give up the fight
You will be alright
'Cause there's no one like you in the universe...
Check out more lyrics : http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/m/muse/
So what are your writing rituals and, like me, do you write to music?