On habits: Creating & Sticking With Them

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” ― Jim Ryun

It’s been on of those crazy, busy, insanely (good) weeks where I’m suddenly asking myself how is it that it’s already Friday…

Also, I realized I hadn’t blogged yet and I do my very best to make it a weekly habit…

Speaking of habits—some of the best advice I’ve ever been given on setting goals, sticking to them, and creating success is to never skip a day of what’s important twice. And so I don’t. Whether it’s— exercise— or writing— or learning ‘moves like Jagger’— unless I’m flu-like sick (which thankfully doesn’t happen often) I don’t go two days in a row without completing the necessary tasks associated with those things.

And on the topic of habits, I want to remind you, tell you, encourage you to consider NaNoWriMo a.k.a National Novel Writing Month if you’re looking to create a writing habit.

I participated in my first NaNoWriMo almost three years ago. The experience gave birth to my first novel, Bedrock. Prior to my first NaNo I’d been a regular writer—but not a daily one. I hadn’t yet understood the importance (for me) of being that engaged in a story. I hadn’t realized that the momentum of writing 1667 words EVERY DAY would only lend to the habit of creating and propel the story forward in a way that it never had before.

Which is why I’d encourage you to give it a go— even if you have no intention of writing a novel and/or publishing it. It’s a great way to create a writing habit— whether you’re a blogger, or poet, or what have you.

Last year I had the pleasure of attending NaNoWriMo’s Night of Writing Dangerously in San Francisco. And while I won’t be in SF this year due to the event falling smack dab in the middle of a book launch and so forth— I will be participating in NaNoWriMo. I’m using it to begin (and hopefully complete) work on my next project— which I can’t wait to tell you about. Soon. That said, I’m incredibly nervous about committing to 50K words in 30 days given the aforementioned book launch and other things going on…BUT I know if I can do it… then so can you. Also, committing publicly is a nice added incentive. 😉

FullSizeRenderA photo of NaNoWriMo’s Founder, Chris Baty and I last year at the Noir themed Night of Writing Dangerously in SF. These days he spends his time teaching at Stanford University’s Writer’s Studio. I’m in awe of what he has created as I’m also a HUGE fan of their young writers program. 

P.S. This week I’ve been reading The Girl in 6E. It’s dark and it’s different…and I’m not quite ready to review it just yet. 🙂

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