10. Rituals, Traditions, and Celebrations

The challenges in this section ask you to reflect on any rituals or traditions you engage in, and how you celebrate successes. A ritual can be as simple as taking a deep breath before you start writing. What are your beliefs and practices? What inspires and motivates you? How do you avoid writer’s block?

It’s helpful to know how to keep your muse amused.

Now get started writing!

214. Inspiration

Suggested time: 10–15 minutes


Writers and artists since the beginning of time have found quirky methods to woo their muses. In her article “O Muse! You Do Make Things Difficult,” Diane Ackerman says that “the poet ...

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