My last two rituals encourage silliness and concentration.
I love to listen to music while I write. Anything from classical to blues to rock to pop, I’m there. Music distracts my critic voice and allows me to get my butt in the chair and my fingers on the keyboard.
I can create words and not worry if they are trite or cliché or just plain stupid. The beat also encourages me to wiggle about, get up and dance, look up and away from my computer. Getting up and shaking your rear to The Archie’s will solve just about any writing problem you can come up with. Stuck? Wrote yourself into a corner? Not hearing your characters? Get up and do The Monkey and you’ll find the answer.
Yes, I mean it.
My very last ritual is the most traditional one of all. I like to write at the library. All the books surrounding me remind me that publication is possible! All the people working helps me focus on my own work. The giant windows that overlook the duck ponds let in plenty of light and create a peaceful atmosphere. I can put on my headphones, rock out, and work uninterrupted by thoughts of housework, personal anxieties, or non-writing tasks.
Exercise plus peaceful concentration plus silly equals writing that will move your readers.