The Number One Writing Habit You Need

ImageI checked my Libra horoscope this morning and read, “There will be an opportunity to incorporate a good habit into your daily life, and there are rich rewards for doing so.”

Now, I’m not saying I believe in horoscopes, but I definitely had a Twilight Zone moment when I saw that little sentence today. Because over at The Muffin, in “I’m Just Saying: Finish Your Writing,” I talked about the habit that’s absolutely necessary if you want to be a successful writer.

To be honest, it’s a basic habit, ingrained into my personality, thanks to my mom and the many sayings she pounded into my child psyche. Seriously, she had a saying for everything. Like “I don’t care what your horoscope says, get up from there and do something constructive.”

So, um, yeah. I’m fixing to go reap some rich rewards from incorporating that writing habit into today’s schedule. (And I’d love to hear what you finished writing today!)

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5 thoughts on “The Number One Writing Habit You Need

  1. Excellent post at the Muffin, Cath. I felt like you speaking directly to me on the blog issue. Or else that’s just my guilty conscience. 🙂 Either way, really great reasons to keep at and finish our writing. And I love all of your mom’s pithy sayings. I usually just say, “Because I said so.” She’s clearly a much smarter woman!

  2. Cathy–What I am hoping to finish today is a “first time” story for “Not Your Mother’s Book…On Your First Time.” They’re looking for all sorts of first times. The first time you dived head first into a chocolate fountain. The first time the elastic in your pants gave up and exploded in public. The first time you met Cathy-on-a-Stick. The possibilities are endless…

    • Please, please , PLEASE tell me you’re writing about the first time the elastic in your pants gave up and exploded in public! ‘Cause something tells me your “pants falling down” story is a doozy! 🙂

  3. Your point is valid, Master Y. It isn’t enough to write “the end.” Revision and editing must complete the process if we’re to be truly finished. I’d be proud of myself for spending all afternoon revising my completed manny, but every time I re-read I swear it was written by a 5-year-old. I’m moving along because I’ll never finish it if I don’t, but I doubt this will be the last do-over. *sigh*

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