So its been a while since I sat down a put something bloggish out there, so I figured it better be something about the challenges of consistency in writing habits. I was somewhat reassured/dismayed to see that writers blogs in particular seem to be a challenge to keep going with, some friends I’ve seen are getting onto double digits for the number of blogs they have left fallow and then started a new one.
I talked ago taking a Behavourist lens to writing and goal setting and I thought it might be wise to revisit in slightly more plain English just why its so hard to establish and maintain good writing habits.
What I’ve noticed about myself is that I tend to throw myself at a project with much enthusiasm, but as soon as some speed-bump hits (and that speed bump can be a small as over-sleeping a couple of mornings, catching a flu, or just being a little more negative towards writing than usual) I find it incredible hard to get a good routine back.
If I go back to my last post part of the reason that writing is difficult is the rewards are somewhat fuzzy. For the most part its around your own sense of satisfaction having done some work, otherwise you don’t really get much out of an individual writing session and the ultimate prize of becoming a multi-billionaire best seller is at least a couple of years away.
But the truth is there is another little devilish details accompanying the above issues with reward. After all there are some good ways to reward yourself, whether it be by publicly posting your word-counts, getting feedback from a writer’s group or buddy OR maybe just coveting delicious fake internet points like blog views/likes 🙂
No there is something much more insidious that undermines my writing routine and I’m willing to bet it hampers others too – its the fact that when you don’t write nothing goes horribly wrong.
(well other than writer’s guilt but let’s be honest that is just a constant anyway AMIRIGHT)
That is to say if I jump out of bed and hit social media or a game rather than writing, the world doesn’t grind to a halt. In fact sadly I probably have a better time (in the short term) than struggling with a WIP.
Of course I’m not suggesting that writers need consider a cattle prod extension for their laptops – but I’m just trying to understand myself and why this pattern of initial enthusiasm and at times good habits can be so easily derailed and hard to get back on track.
Of course its possible that I am indeed just Mr….
Anywho in that face of all that hoping to get back into good regular blogging habits!
What are your guys tips and tricks for getting into and sticking to a routine?