Habit

As some of my followers may know, when the pandemic started, I decided to write one story every day for a year. I think I managed about 70 days before the strain of writing a short story every day just became too much, not only did I burn out, but I wasn’t getting anything else done in life. 

Just writing every day is the dream, but the reality of juggling a job, writing and the daily routine of life was just too much, so I stopped… I didn’t cut down, I pretty much stopped writing. 

After a hiatus, I’m back to writing, but I simply cannot commit to the gruelling schedule of writing something new every day, yet I want to keep the habit… 

My solution is a commitment to my readers, I will post a new piece every Monday and Thursday. I’ve been doing that for a few weeks now and my last post ‘Cracks’ was in response to just trying to keep the habit – in total it took me about 20 minutes to write, but I’m glad I did… 

What I’m asking from you, dear readers, is some help… 

Habits are hard, even the ones you really want to follow, so I’d like my supporters to hit me over the head with that wonderful word – accountability…

If I don’t post every Monday and Thursday, I want you to message me, email me, shout in general to hold me accountable. 

I would be eternally grateful!!

I’d also like to give a shout out to Pat Bunny (https://patbunnyblog.wordpress.com),  Trent Lewin (https://trentlewin.com), Jennifer Patino (https://thistlethoughts.com), Lucy (https://lucysworks.com), and Fiction Spawn (https://fictionspawn.com). Your art and support has been invaluable. 

7 thoughts on “Habit

  1. A story every day is wildly ambitious. I remember the first time I heard Ray Bradbury’s advice to beginning writers that they should start by writing one short story a week, with the added comment: “It’s impossible to write 52 bad stories in a row.” Best wishes on your two stories a week schedule. Do you use photo prompts to help with inspiration?

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    1. If you’ve read my stories, then that clearly refutes Ray Bradbury’s assertions! You’re right, it was ambitious and for a while it was enjoyable, but after about 50 days I just struggled! I don’t use prompts, most of the time they just pop into my head. A few times I get random inspiration from reading/watching something, but on the whole – they’re just there. Thanks for your best wishes 🙂 I hope you carry on enjoying reading!

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  2. Awww thank you so much 🖤 I’ve always enjoyed your pieces, and your passion for writing shows!!

    Also, I understand it can be tough at times to balance it, but I’m proud that you’ve overcome that challenge and are ready to make this a habit. If you ever feel burned out though, please do stop and take a break. We’ll always be here waiting no matter what 🖤

    Anyways, I can’t wait! Thank you for the shoutout and I wish you all the best with your writing!

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