Monday, March 17, 2014

A Writer's Ring

From Kate's Writing Crate…

        I love to write longhand. I love the way a pen fits in my hand. I even love my writer's callous built up over decades on my middle finger where my pen rests as I scribble down my thoughts.

        As I write, I see pages fill up with words as well as my hand holding a pen moving back and forth. It's a focused and familiar view, but it changed recently thanks to a "big" bang.

        Normally I wear a simple band ring channel set with small, but brilliant, flawless faux sapphires and diamonds on my ring finger. One day, I banged my hand on the corner of a bookcase and my finger began to swell so I removed my ring. The only other finger it felt comfortable on was my thumb. After a few moments, it felt like I had always worn my ring there so I didn't pay any attention to it again until I started to write later that day.

        Suddenly my hand holding a pen was eye catching. Glamorous. Special. Now I love seeing my ring as I write so much that it has reduced my resistance to start writing every day.

I recommend wearing a thumb ring to every writer. I really think I am onto something—and I'm not the only one.

A few weeks after I started wearing my thumb ring, or, as I now call it, my writer's ring, I watched an interview with Elizabeth George, New York Times bestselling author of 18 books in the Inspector Lynley series and Write Away: One Novelist's Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life. I noticed right away she was sporting a shiny gold ring on her thumb. Is it part of her success? I wouldn't have said so a month ago, but now I think it might be.

Join the club. Wear a writer's ring. Having something sparkling on your thumb makes working more enticing!

Does a writer's ring affect your writing?

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