Resurrecting good habits has been on my mind lately. Specifically I speak of some old writing habits that I had in the past. Even the recent past. Two come to mind as habits that I should look into bringing back: writing 100 words every time I log onto a computer and writing 500 words before I go to bed.
Both are habits that for one reason or another I stopped. I couldn’t say why. Maybe it was laziness. Maybe anxiety. Perhaps it was self-doubt. Sometimes that self-doubt drives enough fear to not write. It is easier to never finish a project than to put it out into the ethos for judgement. I want to say that I just got too busy, but that’s a lie. Whatever the reason, I stopped.
But I have to write. I need to write. No matter what my doubts are, I have the urge and need to write. Not doing so is worse than doing so and the writing being shit. How to make that happen is the trick. I need the discipline.
Given that, I think that bringing back those two habits will be a huge help. Even though I am trying to get away from the computer, when I do get on, pounding out 100 words before doing anything else will be a plus. Then to add in the write 500 words before going to bed will force even more writing. If anything, that will keep my daily word count at a minimum of 500 words. And that ain’t too bad. If I can keep it intact this time.