Just like in sports where players have lucky underwear or other charms, or they have to drive to the game the same way or they'r e determined they will loose, so too many authors have writing rituals.
Some people have a whole process they go through before they write. It may be setting themselves up ina a fvaourite spot, getting their favourite beverage (I know a good many who guzzle the Diet Coke) or putting on their favourite music.
I think because so many writers write at home it helps them to get into their writing zone.
If you are a writer who struggles at doing this there is a wonderful article in this month's O Magazine by Matha Beck that discusses in detail some great ways to set yourself up for success in this area.
I really only have one ritual and it's pretty simple. I need a nice capuccinno to get me in the writing zone - OK a latte will do. I like the ritual of getting my espresso machine going and making the coffee. It gives me time to think about where I'll start and then I sit myself down and begin. I write best between about 10am and about 12.30pm and between 3and 5pm. Is it a coincidence that I like my coffee at 10am and 3pm? I don't think so.
When I'm focussed I certainly write at other times (and I write for my day job so of course I must!) but for optimum productivity and focus those are my zones.
Now I have my mugs with my own book covers I love to use those to inspire me but that's not a ritual. I'm as lickely to choose the Minnie Mouse Mug I bought in Disneyland back in 2000. (Yes that mug is a survivor!)
If you write. What are your rituals?