Writing Everyday

So today is Day 17 of my 750words.com January challenge.  I’m happy to report that I’m on a 17 day streak of writing about 3 pages each day.  Some days, it’s not until 11:30pm when I realize that I’m about to lose and need to step up to the plate and bang something out.  Some days (though rarely) I actually do my writing early in the morning and get it out of the way before the day takes its toll.  Even more rarely are the 750 words anything I think I’ll actually use for anything, but this is precisely why it’s been so helpful!

They say it takes at least 21 days to create a habit.  So I’m only 4 days away from having a habit that every bit of writing advice comes back to again and again, write every day.  It’s not really as hard as I’ve always thought it would be, though there are some days when I just don’t want to write anything at all.  I’d rather be reading or watching episodes of Arrested Development on Netflix Watch Instantly or doing any number of other activities.  But I took this stupid challenge and I mean to see it through if only by stubbornness alone.

On the days when I write stream of consciousness drivel I can get down 750 words in 12 minutes or so.  When I’m actually trying to write a scene of some kind it takes as long as 20 minutes.  Regardless, I try to keep it quick and simple, to throw away the internal editor that so often stymies my progress and just get words on paper.  And I plan on January 31 to have a 31 day streak and be very proud of myself.  And hopefully have a new habit that I’ll stick with.  Heck, I may even sign up for the February challenge.  28 days should be a snap, right?

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