I’m on Day 17 of this posting a blog post every day, but the habit is definitely not ingrained yet. At the end of each day (such as now, as I wait for more trick-or-treaters to ring the doorbell), a moment comes where I realize I haven’t written anything yet.
I did get writing done on my mystery novel today, so that’s good. But the point is to write in the blog every day. Just for the sake of routine.
And therein, I think, lies the key: habit vs. routine.
I’m working on building a habit, but I haven’t worked out yet how to make it part of a routine. Routine means something you do in the same time and basically same way every day. Habit is just something you do but it might not be part of a routine.
To avoid this end-of-day scramble to get some words down, I think I’m going to need to add writing to a morning routine.
It’s so easy for the writing to get pushed off. In part because there’s always something else, seemingly more pressing, that needs to be done. And in part because whatever else might be pressing, writing is harder. It’s not hard in a coal-mining, back-breaking labor kind of way, but it’s hard. It’s far easier to answer some emails, send some things out to media, take care of a million minutia. To write means to take time to settle into silence. Get comfortable with the discomfort. And write, no matter what.
So tomorrow, I’ll start working on building a writing routine as well as a writing habit.
But for today, at least I showed up.
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