Habits are hard to break but at times they are harder to create.
I’ve gotten out of the habit of writing. That longing to sit down every day and pour thoughts onto a page. At first, it was a few distractions, kids, online stuff, MMORPGS, and the all important out on my own. Thos things had to take front seat instead of what I wanted to do, which was write. So that longing, absolute need to be in front of the keyboard and write until I was exhausted faded until it was just a dull thought.
I have to get that back.
First step is to write at least 500 words a day, which I completed yesterday. I didn’t get much over 500, but I did write it. (ps. the blog does not count) Today I will write another 500, then again tomorrow. When I start finding the 500 words too easy, then I’ll increase my word count to 1,000 or more.
Second step is to get back to the activities that let my mind wander into those worlds I wrote about; namely, walking. I always found that I could concentrate on my writing while my feet were moving. I could go over the next scene, the dialog, the action and the setting and view them mentally. When I got to the computer, I could sit and smoothly write out what I had decided. There was not that pause that lead to cautious words or the block of idea. Things always went smoothly.
Yes, I got up this morning and walked 2 miles. I didn’t think much about writing, but I did get back into that rhythm of feet and breath.
Thirdly, a place to write. Now that I have the desktop going again, I can take the netbook over to the couch for an hour, away from the internet and work on writing, editing, ideas or whatever I need.
These three things are going to help me get back into the habit of writing.
So what are your writing habits? What things help you find focus so that you can let those words flow?