Habits: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
I’ve got a bad habit. In fact I have quite a few bad habits.
I’ve also got a good one, or two.
One of my GOOD habits is participating in NaNoWriMo every year.
On November 1st I begin my 11th NaNoWriMo, and I’m excited about it. I’m not revealing what it is I’m doing this year for any number of reasons (both good and bad habits).
One of my bad habits is doing the lion’s share of my writing in November each year. Last year I wrote 70,000 words in 23 days. The book wasn’t great, and I’ve not begun my rewrite of it yet. (Another bad habit). On the plus side, “winning” (e.g., getting to 50,000 words or more in 30 days) is a good habit.
What I’m looking to do this year is to establish a working schedule that will extend beyond the 30 days of November. (Good habit). I’ve had this desire, this plan, this “resolution” before (bad habit) and have not kept up with it.
But these days the calendar is glaring at me. I have a lot of books to write (good habit) and to get published (GREAT habit if I can establish it), and time marches on without a blink.
So, I am replete with habits, good and bad.
What about you?
Is your writing going the way you want it to go? Are you writing on a schedule? Are you rewriting assiduously?
Are your habits good or bad?
It is said that you can break a bad habit, but I’ve found replacing it with a good one is easier (and much less stressful). It takes 21 days (they say), of performing the new habit on a daily basis.
Are you up for the challenge?