Daily Writing Habits

What kind of writing habits do you have?

Habits? The dictionary defines habit as a noun: The manner of conducting oneself: bearing

I think of a habit as something you are doing so it becomes normal. I don’t know if other writers start out thinking about writing as a normal thing to do, but I only really understand my writing habits. I like to work on as many projects as I can because I feel this will lead to the most creative pieces of work. 

EB White said this about this about writing: “A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.”

A writer that waits for inspiration is in trouble to start with and the waiting is like wishing for Santa to bring you a Christmas gift. A writer in motion will certainly stay in motion. We are humans and have a story to tell, but the problem is getting started. Google motivational books and you will find a book for almost any problem that requires motivation. 

You want inspiration to write, well, here is a quote from Ray Bradbury: “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” There is something about this quote that sticks out to me and that is the drunk idea. The writer needs to ignore negative thoughts and needs to get the words out. There will be time to edit when it is done. I feel a drunk will spew words until he or she passes out. The drunker the person gets the louder they seem to get. 

Once we get in the habit of writing, we probably will stop thinking of it as a habit and more as a lucky thing we get to do with our time. 


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