What Fuels Your Writing?

I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that I have a couple “writing crutches” – things that make it easier to get into the writing mood and transform those mediocre words in my head into flowing, magical prose on paper.

Writers are notorious for having their crutches (or vices). More often than not, writers are creatures of habit. Our chair has be adjusted at a certain height, the wine has to be red, and the phone must be unplugged. Whatever your criteria may be, creating the atmosphere for writing is a science. Or, perhaps a kind of magic, where everything comes together just so and coaxes the words onto the paper (or computer screen).

Some writers like Faulker require nothing more than a glass of good whiskey. Yet other, more eccentric wordsmiths, have needed private hotel rooms in order to write their masterpieces (Angelou) or have found that they can only write in the nude (Hugo) to get their writing done.

I’ve got some of my favorite requirements for writing here for your perusal (and judgement). While much of what I list here is optional, I’d much rather write with these things than without…

For Inspiration: Pinterest, random words from dictionaries, art
For Focus: Music (instrumental)
For Motivation: Snacks, coffee, tea, wine

So there you have it. Those are the key ingredients to get me in the writing zone.

But we’re all different! So what about you? Tell me what fuels your writing. What are your requirements/crutches/vices that keep you writing? I’ll be pulling some of your answers for my next post!

Twitter #TalesAndTea Party

The #TalesAndTea Party: 2 hours of word sprints and tea, every Saturday at @TheSprintShack.Are you a word sprint addict and need a steady stream of writing marathons to keep you going? Have no fear. The Sprint Shack has a new fix for you—the Twitter #TalesAndTea Party. Because that’s another thing that most writers have a slightly-more-than-healthy intake of each day: caffeinated beverages. Tea. Coffee. Pure caffeine in a drip. Take your pick.

So what is the #TalesAndTea Party?
Essentially, it’s a word sprint marathon, held between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. GMT (that’s 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST and 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. PST), every Saturday. Starting on the hour, each sprint lasts for 20 minutes, followed by a 10 minute break (just long enough to brew a cuppa). That means your fingers should be poised, ready to write, at :00 and :30 during the two hours of the sprinting party. Of course, you don’t have to take part in all the word sprints. Jump in and out as you please!

So thats the tales sorted, but where does the ‘tea party’ bit come in?
This is my favourite part. While the sprints go on, treat yourself to a pot of tea (or your writing beverage of choice) and some yummy snacks (think pastries, cakes, scones and crumpets), and tweet what delicious drinks you’re sipping and what delectable foodstuffs you’re nibbling on to @TheSprintShack, along with your word count for each sprint! You can use the #TalesAndTea hashtag to find fellow Tea Party-ers and report your word count too.

Simple—and scrumptious—enough? Then come join us on Twitter for two hours of tea and text!


Will you be attending the Twitter #TalesAndTea Party next Saturday? What drink will be fuelling your sprints?