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Better Writing Habits: Day 1

January 1, 2011

I’m a reader of Procrastinating Writers blog and Write It Sideways blog. For the month of January, both bloggers are producing a “Better Writing Habits” newsletter, and I’m subscribed to that. Today I’m posting my response to the first day of their series.

What are your worst writing habits of 2010?
Today’s Challenge: Identify your worst writing habit to be overcome, and devise a game plan stating exactly what you will do to break that habit in 2011.

My worst writing habit to be overcome is easily my habit of procrastinating. So my game plan:

  • Stop choosing Warcraft or Criminal Minds fanfiction over writing original things. Not that either things are bad, and I want to continue participating in the CM fandom as well as leveling my Dwarven Hunter and a couple of favorite alts on Warcraft. But I need to do those things afterI’ve done my writing for the day.
  • Write 200 words each day.Rain or shine, sick or healthy, busy or lazy, it doesn’t matter. 200 words is a minimum.
  • Stop reading so many blogs about writing and just write. I need to choose quality over quantity when it comes to the writing blogs I follow (and really, any of the blogs I follow). I need to keep current on what’s going on in the writing industry, but too often I feel like a writer because I read the blogs, when I really should feel like a writer when I write.
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