Writing Myths and Superstitions by Rachelle Nones
by Rachelle-Nones
 In the Zone Lifestyle Blog
Apr 08, 2021 | 450 views | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

There are a lot of myths about writing and about writers in general. Early on in my writing career, I expressed my desire to become a published writer to Cec, a New York City artist who designed the most magnificent cuff bracelets. Cec looked at me with great concern and said, “Be careful. Writers drink.” I once telephoned a woman who had advertised an apartment for rent. I told her that I would be a great tenant because I spent most days quietly writing on my computer. “Do you smoke?” she asked, “In most of the movies I’ve seen, the writers are always smoking.”

      What about the actual process of writing? Because writing is so challenging and uncertain, many writers cling to rituals and superstition to stoke the fires of inspiration. It has been reported that Truman Capote and Mark Twain only wrote while reclining horizontally. Then, there are those superstitious writers who will only write at certain hours or while they are wearing a particular piece of clothing or jewelry.

      One of the most interesting superstitions I have stumbled across is the legend regarding an obscure saint with the uncanny ability to unblock writers. Saint Expedite is a mysterious saint who is reputed to expedite the flow of communication. Unblocked writers are expected to thank the saint by obtaining pound cake and feeding it to the birds when their prayers have been answered.

       There is actual scientific proof that superstition might give you an edge in reducing writer’s block. The Psychological Science journal article “Keep Your Fingers Crossed! How Superstition Improves Performance” reported that when research study participants activated a luck-related superstition, it boosted their confidence and improved their performance.

      Regardless of what you believe, it's important to keep moving forward when you are stuck in the "free fall" writing zone situated between the starting line and final draft. Keep writing—one sentence at a time. 

Rachelle Nones is a freelance writer and the author of In the Sky, available at Amazon.com.


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