I love having caffeine of some sort (preferably coffee) when I write, but sometimes it'll be a Coke, or wine. I get distracted by music, text friends, get too absorbed in the Netflix show playing on my TV, and in the weirdest of instances, will pause everything and do my makeup. I sometimes snack, look out one of the windows at my desk (if I'm home) and doodle. I'm constantly doodling. All of these things severely impede my pressed-for-time schedule, but they make up some of the rituals of my writing process. Susan Wyche discusses some of the unusual and more common habits of writers, both famous, and via her own study in "Time, Tools, and Talismans." Some practices of these other writers include "eating, drinking, pacing, rocking, sailing, driving..." and she notes that the rituals are considered by writers as being essential to their work. Like Wyche and her subjects, I cannot write without my unusual quirks. They are recurrent throughout my process and cyclical.
An important thing to note about Wyche's study is that she considers class and work schedules when interviewing and writing about Adriana, Marcia, and Sam; something not always considered. In doing this, she confirms the argument and main point of this project: how time and levels of "busy-ness" contribute to writing schedules. She explains in the next to final section that rituals "can make a difference for students who want to make better use of the conditions under which they choose to work," (36).