I was on the Nanowrimo site the other day and found a thread about writing totems. I hadn’t really thought about it much, but I think all writers probably have something that they like to keep within view to help them write, both as inspiration and a reminder of why we chose this path.
This here is Mr. Socky. He’s been with me throughout this whole writing adventure. My son made him for me when he was 3 or 4 years old…he went to my craft area, next to the computer in the basement, which was unfinished and full of shadows and creaking noises. There he glued a mouth, eyes and hair onto a sock pilfered from the laundry room and gave it to me as I worked on my very first story, a PB called A Frog Named Flamingo. He told me it was to keep me company and so I wouldn’t be scared, writing alone down in a dark corner of the basement.
I was so touched that I promised him right there and then that Socky would stay with me by my computer until I became an author. He lost his eyes somewhere along the way but I still have him, sitting here on a shelf in my office. Whenever I get frustrated I look over at him and remind myself why I’m doing this. Mr. Socky is a constant reminder that others believe in me and seeing him nearby lends me strength when I feel worn out.
So, do you have a writing totem–something special that you keep nearby that symbolizes your journey? What creative things do you surround yourself with in your writing space?