Thursday, January 3, 2013

"Every day that you eat."

I decided on a New Year's resolution about a month ago. 

And promptly forgot it. 

And then remembered it while reading this lovely post at YA Stands


The resolution is, simply, to write every single day. It was inspired by this quote, which, though some famous musician probably said it first, became familiar to me through my high school band directors: 

"You practice every day that you eat." 

Which might as well be...

"You write every day that you eat." 

Every day that you eat.  Unless my dentist discovers more wisdom teeth in the back of my mouth or something equally horrifying happens, this means I will write EVERY DAY in 2013.   

Which seems like something I should already be doing...  But it's not.  When you're not committed to writing daily, it's easy to tell yourself that  five minutes today won't matter.  (That's not totally untrue, by the way.  You can get a lot done and still not be writing every day.  In 2012, I did that.)

But this is why "every day" is important:  it creates a habitThe key to making difficult things easier, accomplishing large goals over time, and changing behavioral patterns is forming habits. 

Not a hobbit.  A habit.

Last summer, I got up EVERY MORNING, ate breakfast (hence the saying--eating is necessary!), went straight to my desk, and started writing immediately.  Guess what happened when I finished my revision and finally had a free day?  I got up, ate breakfast, and went straight to my desk.  Without even thinking about it.  It was muscle memory by that point.  

Granted, there are times when it's good to take a break.  But this year, I want to focus on building the writing habit.  That muscle memory was cool.  I felt good.  I want to get that back in 2013.  And I can't wait to see where it takes me.  

So, is this "write every day that you eat" stuff too radical?  A little crazy?  Or are you way ahead of me and already do this? 


ALSO:  We're having a GIVEAWAY!  You could win your choice of Sabriel, Austenland, or Crazy Beautiful, and it's SUPER EASY to enter.  (You get a point for "admiring our snow," guys!  So no excuses!) 

23 comments:

  1. I *try* to write everyday, but sometimes life has other ideas! I think I've fallen out of the habit over the holidays, so I'm definitely trying to get back on track! :)

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  2. I now have a schedule of writing twice per week. Infrequent I know, but it helps me stick with it.

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    1. Hey, it's all about what works for you. :) I've heard of people who set daily wordcounts that would absolutely sap my will to write. And maybe my will to live, as well.

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  3. Ah another muscle to work on...! I always feel better if I write something every day - although I haven't got a structured time.

    Oh and the snow is quite magical :)

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    1. The woman obviously has excellent taste.

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    2. Also, Raewyn, I anticipate with joy the lack of I-haven't-written-in-a-week grumpiness that I often experience. :) Just knowing you did *something* before you fall asleep is so nice.

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    3. I made them for New Year's. They were just as good as they look...

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  4. I write something almost everyday, but I've found that sometimes it's good to take a couple day break too. It's always leaves me full of new ideas.

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  5. Ahh, super cool idea! Love it, that would be a good resolution for everyone! Happy New Year!))

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  6. I used to write every day. Then life got in the way. My set schedule changes as my life situation changes, but I do have a set goal every week.

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    1. There are things more important than writing. Getting priorities straight is something to celebrate, even if it means writing every day won't work. Weekly goals sound nice and flexible. :) Maybe I'll try that in 2014...

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  7. I try to write every day and it does become a habit after a while (as in, I now get frustrated if I don't get the chance to write before I go to bed).
    PS: I love that you manage to post a picture of a hobbit whatever the topic of your post, lol.

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    1. If there is a choice between including a hobbit and not including a hobbit, I always include the hobbit.

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  9. Actually, I begin writing before I eat. Might not be the healthiest habit in the world, but it gets stuff done. :)

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  10. Great advice! If you write every day, it becomes a habit.

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