life, writing

Re-forming the habit is hard!

jasdIt’s been a good month or so since I last wrote anything of value. At least, it feels like that long – feels like longer though logically I know it’s not. I’ve had many periods in my life where writing was an unshakable habit. Where I wrote no matter what else was going on. Newborns, sleepless nights, pain, misery, sickness. Academics gets in the way of my creativity like nothing else can though, so it’s an uphill battle right now.

I find it impossible to write creatively while I write academically, but now that the latest batch of assignments are out of the way I’m trying to get back to work on my novel. It’s a struggle, really. But I know I’ve done this before, and I’ll do it again after the next lot of assignments, and the last lot after that. I just wish that re-forming the writing habit got easier with time.

It does not.

So, here I am, reminding myself that I can do this. I can sit down tomorrow morning, find a space of time where the kids are busy with something else and write until I hit 500 words. Because while it’s not tonnes, I know it’s entirely achievable. And I know it will get me a long way towards finishing the scene I am working on right now. And that if I do the same the next day, I’ll probably finish the scene – and that those two little bits of progress will get me MUCH closer to my goal. I will only have two scenes to revise and then I’ll be done. And that is pretty epic.

I can do it. And if I can do it, then you can do it too. Break those goals down and take the first little step.

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3 thoughts on “Re-forming the habit is hard!”

  1. I have been struggling to get back in the writing habit too and came to the same conclusion/decision last night.

    Life has been quite overwhelming recently and I think I’ve been waiting for things to get easier – but there will always be something going on so I just need to squeeze in writing time and stop procrastinating!

    1. that is so true!! Sorry to hear that life has been rough on you lately, but glad to hear you’re getting back to writing πŸ™‚

  2. Chunking into small goals is the best way to go about it. Also, not being too hard on yourself. My new yoga pants aren’t getting as much use as I’d like them to, but I am making progress, and as long as I keep building up that progress I’m on the right track.

    I like the way you think. Also, glad to hear you’re fitting creative writing in even with studying and life. Yay πŸ™‚

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