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 habit. The 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!)