@ My Writing Desk

Developing a Commitment to Writing

Bad habits are hard to break, and good habits are hard to develop. Although some psychologists say that it takes at least 30 days to develop a habit, but for some people it can take upwards to a year.

Bad habits are hard to break, and good habits are hard to develop. Although some psychologists say that it takes at least 30 days to develop a habit, but for some people it can take upwards to a year.

 

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Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

For me, and possibly for many of you, developing a new habit disintegrates into a memory of what you had hoped to do.

So, just what are my goals for “My 500 Words?” What do I want to accomplish?

I want to begin a daily habit – to show myself that there is time to be writing each day. I call myself a writer, but I haven’t really been writing for the last year and a half. Teaching English/language arts had become an exhausting endeavor; the twists and turns of my personal life had taken what little time and energy I had left. When I was teaching creative writing, it was easy to get at least 10 minutes of time to write. I expected my students to write to a given prompt for the first ten minutes of class, and I wrote to the same prompt. This left me a large file of ideas.

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My actual writing goals span in many directions. As a result of National Novel Writing Month, I have basic rough drafts of six novels, and yes, they need massive revision. I need to maintain the four or five blogs (This one is included in that count.) that I have set up. I want to write and submit short stories and poetry to contests and publications.

What I want to accomplish is to sit my backside in the chair and write, whether it is hand written to a prompt that is delivered to my email or work on one of the fiction or nonfiction projects in my unfinished works library.

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I want to write or revise a short story that wins a contest; I want to revise and polish a novel that gets picked up by a publisher; I want to create a play that a director, somewhere, wants to perform.

Five hundred words is not a huge task, but 500 leads to 1,000 and 1,000 can lead to 5,000 and a polished, publishable work.

So here I sit,  committing to writing at least 500 words a day.

I need to learn not to let life interfere with my writing, but to let life exist around my writing and my writing exist within my life.

I need to learn to silence my internal editor and let my ideas tumble out onto the page. To let my characters tell their story in their way during the first draft. To let them tell their whole story because I never know when something they say may be relevant to something revealed during the first draft.

 


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