Writing Habits

We all talk about getting in the habit of writing.  This means forcing yourself to sit down and spew your thoughts onto virtual paper for a certain length of time each day or until a certain word count is reached.

We don’t talk about the other habits that go along with writing very often.

For example, I like to write in my pajamas.  They are warm, comfortable, and I don’t have to waste time unbuttoning and buttoning them every time I have to pee (which is often because I drink a ton during the course of a day).

I have to have my laptop.  If I don’t have my laptop, it’s like my fingers can’t find the keys and my brain, frustrated with the lack of coordination in my fingers, gives up and says “I’m done!”.

I can watch TV.   I can’t watch a movie.  Put on an episode of Ancient Aliens or Monsters & Mysteries in America and my fingers will fly over the keys.  I have never actually seen a complete episode of either.  You put on a movie, even one that I detest to the ends of the earth, and my ability to string together words disappears.

I take a break about every 1,000 words.  This is not a new thing, just a new realization.  I used to think that when the writing was flowing like water through a busted dam, I never stopped.  In recent months, I have come to the realization that I do indeed take a break about every 1,000 words, no matter how well the writing is flowing.  It isn’t a super long break, five or ten minutes and it doesn’t matter if I’ve been writing for twenty minutes or two hours, I take that break.  I stretch my fingers, stand up, whatever.  Mostly it seems to be to collect my thoughts.

What are your habits, good or bad?

Leave a comment

1 Comment

  1. Chadwick and Amy

     /  January 13, 2014

    I’ve struggled with the tension of writing being a purely functional thing… or being something that had a nature and a purpose. Too often, I simply would not write because I didn’t want it to simply be a ‘thing’ that I ‘did’. So… no nouns and verbs would be put together, because somehow I thought that I was being noble to the art of writing, and in effect… nothing would come out.

    That’s a lot of BS really.

    Writing is exercise, and not writing produces nothing but good intentions.

    What I’ve discovered through the discipline of writing is that the nature and purpose of it all comes from entering into it. Not expecting perfection… but simply writing… and leaving the later work of editing to become an art in itself.

    Write on….



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Ms Not So Little Smarty Pants

In short, anything and everything

Plus Size Plus Meds

Weight Loss Adventure

Nerdy Fashionista

Fashion for those who love the Nerd Life

C Patt

A safe place for Paper Sisters to roam

Village Books

2513 Bernadette Dr, Columbia MO 65203 (573) 449-8637

Susan Finlay Writes

Mysteries and Suspense


It's going to be HUGE!

Maria63303's Blog

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Roger Radford Journalist & Author

Thrillers with a Twist

Characters in Progress

Developing character on the page and off

Me and my writing life

A blog about books, my ideas and what I've learned as I live life as a writer.

Not So Easy Breezy

Appreciating the hard things in life

Rachel Poli

I read. I write. I create.


more than one way to skin a cat


easy reading is damn hard writing


Finding The Write Direction Write Now

Jodie Jackson Jr. - Author

I wrote a book ...

%d bloggers like this: