Do you have a writing talisman?
I do. A few actually.
The first is my hat. I actually have two hats, depending on what sort of writing I am planning to do.
When I am doing some relaxed, contemplative writing, often in the back garden, I put on my leather hat. I pull the brim down low, and I sit and think about things, occasionally putting pen to paper with a profound thought, or reasonable facsimile.
On the other hand, when I am hard on work on a deadline, I like to wear….
It’s a green plastic helmet I have decorated with writing stickers and slogans. It reminds me that I am hard at work. Also it scared people away, so I get less interruptions. 🙂
Talismans help me get into the mood, and keep me focused. Like SilverShark, my pet rock. Silver shark is a small silver rock decorated to look like a shark. He sits on my desk and stares at me, with his cold, dead eyes. And he judges me. He judges me, and stares in silence until I crack and write something.
MAKE IT STOP!
Uh… where was I?
Do you have any talismans?