Eventually, I’d like to be able to write novels full-time and live in the big summer house on a lake with all the trimmings. In order to get to that point, I have to sell books. In order to do that, I need to write one. In order to do that, I have to write.
So how do you establish a habit? I’m asking because I’m the king of not following through, lord of starting and not finishing.
I was born and raised in a happy environment with a living family and plenty of friends. I’m probably smarter than the average bear, but it wasn’t easy. Sure, in the beginning it was, didn’t have to study, also had the benefit of being good at any sport I tried so I was successful at most things.
Then I hit 10th grade geometry and almost failed my first class. Junior and Senior year were more of the same-“wtf is happening to me?”. Truth is, I had no idea how to work, how to study, how to succeed on more than natural intelligence or physical skill. To this day, I still have to struggle with being methodical and not blaming someone or something for me not succeeding.
So how do I succeed, or at least keep moving in a forward direction? I plan, I try, I take smaller steps but keep in mind what the next few will be.
I try not to get distracted and surf for hours, but it happens.
So my step here is, to just write. Hopefully it’ll help someone, but just the practice of writing will help not only stretch creative muscles, but also form habits.
So back to my original question, how do you form habits?