I’m escaping the Arizona heat this week in wonderfully cool Toronto, visiting a couple of my sons and a BIG dog that is making it hard to type by 1/3 sitting on me. One third of Sadie is all that fits on my lap.
Nonetheless I found time for the Marketing for Romance Writers blog hop. For week 35, the writing prompt is:
My Bad Habits
Several flippant responses leap to mind:
- I have none. I’m perfect — just ask my dog.
- What is this, a job interview?
- Good grief, where do I even start!
- How much time do you have?
But this is a blog about writing, so I’ll narrow my focus.
My #1 bad habit related to writing is a lack of willpower. When I face a tight deadline, as I recently did, I can work 10 hours a day for a week-and-a-half straight.
But when I’m not facing a deadline . . . oh my gosh. On those days, I’m in the habit of finding the Internet so darned interesting, you know? And let me check what’s on Netflix, just for a moment, okay? Or sleep — I’m addicted to that habit.
My #2 bad habit relating to writing is that I never get it right the first time. I would love to be one of these people who tosses off 5K to 7K brilliant words every day and publishes 10 books a year. In fact, that ability is what I’m going to ask Santa to put in my stocking.
But I haven’t yet been able to train myself to get the words right the first time.
Poor, poor me.
My #2 bad habit relating to writing is perfectionism. This is, of course, a corollary to #2. A first draft is just a draft, a starting point. I’m so desperate to make every story and every sentence better that I torture myself and writing takes way longer than it should. Sometimes this habit freezes me completely.
Poor, poor, poor me. Don’t you feel sorry for me?
What about you?
Yes, I’m deep into a Pity Party — but you folks can make me feel better. Simply tell me the worst thing about you, the very worst and I promise you, I’ll perk right up.
Share the horrors in a comment, and then check out the faults of the otherwise admirable writers taking part in this blog hop.