Are you one to inhabit coffee shops, not hearing the coffee grinder in the background?
Do you sit alone, at home, in a quiet room with a comfy chair?
Do you have different rituals for reading than writing?
In what format do you read–books? Kindles or other e-books? Phones?
If you’re interested in my rituals, lately I’ve done my reading piecemeal, on my phone, while waiting for appointments or sitting in coffee shops. At home, I tend to read on my Kindle, but I also enjoy regular books. At home, my cats often get in the way of my reading, pawing the pages and not understanding why the book, an inanimate object, is more important than them.
If I read in bed, I fall asleep.
The thing about reading is that I feel that physically I’m not doing anything even though mentally I’m working hard, much harder than when I watch TV, which I do without thinking twice about it.
Writing is a bit different for me. I can do it piecemeal, in notebooks and in Google docs and such. I can also sit in my home office with the door closed (to keep the cats out) and write for hours on end, stopping only to refill my caffeine (coffee or diet soda) and water. These sessions tend to last about three hours, even if I’m not looking at the clock. That’s just me.
What do you do to read and write peacefully and prolifically?