I've got a big post on habitual writing thoughts coming up on Thursday that I just scheduled. But I had thoughts on writing habits that I want to talk about today. So here goes. And I'll keep it brief.
Often we think of habits as dull and boring. Except when it comes to writing. We actually want to create a writing habit, as in, perhaps, writing every day. That would be good, wouldn't it?
Recently, I formed a habit. Two habits, as a matter of fact. When I was in LA at the beginning of August, I stayed with my friend Suzanne. Every morning, we'd drink coffee and write morning pages outside in her wonderful back yard (okay, we chatted a bit, too). And every evening, we'd re-convene in the yard for Happy Hour (red wine and delicious treats that she whipped up).
After a week of this, guess what I did when I got back to Portland? Went outside to my wonderful back yard every morning to write and every evening for Happy Hour.
And thus beginneth a habit.
I don't think it took that long to form the habit--probably a couple of days. I love this habit--I look forward to getting up in the morning to write and ending the day in the same place with a glass of wine. (And by the way, the days are getting shorter and cooler fast. This habit will soon be a thing of the past, which is why I'm enjoying it as much as I can for the moment.)
You probably have figured out why I'm mentioning this.
Because if it is this easy and quick to form a daily habit of morning pages and wine at opposite ends of the day, it is easy to form a habit such as working on your novel every day.
How do you form habits? Do you have a good writing habit?
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