Creatures of Habit

23 Mar

99% of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. ~ George Washington Carver

They say it takes 21 days to make a habit. It only takes one to break them.

And I, for one, am in the habit of breaking habits. Particularly writing habits. It’s not that I don’t write. I do, but my “habit” is about as constant as rain in the Sahara.

You see I have these writing binges. It’s really kind of freaky. It’s like all my writing gets built up inside me one day, and BAM next thing I know I’ve written 9K and am so bushed that I don’t write at all the rest of the week.

Not a healthy habit I guess. Sometimes I write consecutive days, but if I do that I usually only get between 800-1500 words done. It seems kind of measly compared to the writing binges I go on.

But that is all going to change. As of today I’m going to make myself begin a new habit! 21 days of habitual writing, and hopefully I will break the Sahara writing curse and find greener pastures in writing everyday.

I figure, even if I only write 300 words, it is something right? And something is always better than nothing.

Why am I telling you this? Well I’m hoping that the shame of admitting to the internet, and my readers that I’ve failed will keep me from failing. I mean it can’t be too hard, right?

What about you all, are you habitual writers? Bingers? Or sparadic dibble dabblers?

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7 Responses to “Creatures of Habit”

  1. wovenstrands March 23, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    Thanks for the link love ❤

    • nkeda14 March 23, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

      Your welcome! 😀 I got all excited so I felt like I needed to share!

  2. A. Stevens March 24, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    Truthfully, I don’t spend all of my time writing, I have a daily time set aside where i write. This is the way Hemingway, among others, did it and it personally proves the most effective for me.

    It should be clarified though: by writing, i refer to the entire writing process. Many days are spent blocking ideas and characters, many are spent writing and revising. I consider all of these writing because they are all required for successful writing.

  3. A. Stevens March 24, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    That comment was winded, and I failed to answer the question. I write in short spurts– I count ideas, not words–until I have a complete concept. From there I revise what i wrote, and move on to the next section.

    • nkeda14 March 24, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

      I always find others writing process interesting. Personally I can not allow myself to edit at all during a first draft or else I go OCD and get sidetracked. Though I know many who have great success editing while they write.

  4. Liz Hellebuyck March 24, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    I like that you put your new intentions out there so that you can hold yourself accountable. I recently threw some basic writing goals on my blog. I just set a weekly goal for myself, which ruins Sunday (final day of my goal week) but that is okay, as long as I keep working on it.

    I seem to have several days where I work on my wip followed by a day or two off (after which it is really hard to get back into it).

    • nkeda14 March 24, 2011 at 9:26 pm #

      Yeah that’s my problem too, even if i’m on a roll one day, if I take a break the next I don’t want to go right back into it. That’s why i’m hoping this will help 😀

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