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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Writing rituals, totems and talismans

A ritual is a pattern of behavior, which, like Pavlov's dog, signals us that it's time to write. A walk, mediation, a cup of a particular flavor of tea, a certain kind of music...

The word ‘totem’ is of Native American origin, but totem-like beliefs have been historically present throughout much of the world. In Native American culture it’s a spirit guide. In writing it symbolizes the Muse.

A talisman is regarded as a repository for magical energy, like a battery. In writing this can be most anything that inspires us or carries symbolic power. Quartz is believed to increase inspiration and creativity.

What rituals, totems or talismans get (and keep) you writing?

1 comment:

Nicole Maggi said...

I have a few talismans. One is a big quartz crystal that I sometimes just put in my lap while I'm writing. Another is my Daruma dolls. They were given to me by a close writer friend. They come eyeless. You fill in one eye and then set a goal. When you've achieved the goal, you fill in the second eye. I'm happy to say both my dolls have two eyes. :-) So I guess it's time to get another one and make a new goal!