Setting up a certain set of conditions, at least for me, is key to getting a lot writing done.
- Set up everything the night before so I'm ready to start writing right away.
- Listen to nature sounds (my favorites are rain, waves and wind).
- I like wearing noise cancelling headphones to listen to the aforementioned sounds.
- Shut off the internet. I work on an old laptop that doesn't get online very easily.
- Turn off the cell and put it out in another room the night before. Don't check email/social accounts until after writing.
- Set (achievable) goals. What works best for me is having a list to cross items off. Or a word count/set amount of time.
Do I always follow all of these? Of course not. But when I do, it's when I usually feel the most productive. If you follow your ritual, your muse becomes accustomed to visiting at that time. If not, at least you've shown up and done *your* job, even if that slacker muse hasn't.
Do you have any rituals that work well for you when you write?