Do You Rule Your Habits or Do They Rule You? – National Novel Writing Month

We’re deep into NaNo Prep Season, and we’ve dubbed this week “Time Hunt Week”! We’ll be sharing resources throughout the week to help you find the time to establish writing routines in November. Today, NaNoWriMo Executive Director Grant Faulkner shares an excerpt on forming habits from his book, Pep Talks for Writers: “I don’t like writing.…

via Do You Rule Your Habits or Do They Rule You? — National Novel Writing Month


Well, NaNoWriMo is just around the corner and I’m nervous and excited in equal measure! Last year was my first “NaNoWriMo” and I achieved the 50,000-word target. Now that I know what its like to “do” NaNoWriMo, this year I intend to do things differently.

  • Approach: I’m actually ready for the challenge and have a “book” (that sounds a bit grand!) that I want to start in November.
  • Book Genre: Last year I had a go at a fiction piece, which I found incredibly hard. This year, the book is based on personal experiences. We shall see how it pans out.
  • Writing Habits: Writing in November last year inspired me to keep writing. I started writing Julia Cameron’s Morning Pages in December last year and they have been part of my daily writing routine ever since. By writing every day, even when I’m on holiday, I’ve kept my writing muscles in shape for November. In this post, Grant Faulkner likens a writing routine to a giant bouncy house – I like that idea and I hope that my imagination will shortly be doing somersaults and jumping off cliffs!

A routine provides a safe and stable place for your imagination to roam, dance, do somersaults, and jump off of cliffs. Think of your routine like a giant bouncy house.

Do my habits rule me? Perhaps. My morning pages are a non-negotiable part of my morning routine. Other than that, I don’t have other “writing habits” that I can think of. But with a month of writing stretching out in front of me, I need to have something more to keep me on track and motivated, as well as getting me into the writing groove after a long day at work.

So, I’m busy reading as many of the NaNoWriMo posts about finding the time to establish as many good writing habits as I can. Daniel José Older finds that listening to a song before he settles down to write allows him to transition from reality to creativity. Grant Faulkner puts on a hat when he sits down to write. I’m not sure about the hat (as I don’t consider myself to be a hat person) but I might try the song idea – and look into my ‘research‘ about which music is best to write to!

Onwards! I shall continue reading and gathering ideas!

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