writing daily in 2016

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In writing, habit seems to be a much stronger force than either willpower or inspiration. Consequently there must be some little quality of fierceness until the habit pattern of a certain number of words is established. There is no possibility, in me at least, of saying, “I’ll do it if I feel like it.” One never feels like awaking day after day. In fact, given the smallest excuse, one will not work at all. The rest is nonsense. Perhaps there are people who can work that way, but I cannot. I must get my words down every day whether they are any good or not.

– John Steinbeck

It’s funny how when we resolve to do something, we are sent something to confirm our convictions. This unexpected quote I bumped into must mean I am ready for this challenge.

I began this year determined to develop positive new habits. One habit I am tenaciously attempting to develop is posting to my blogs daily. It is now the 12th and I have kept my word to myself and the ancestors—and to my writing buddy. You know who you are.

Thank you John Steinbeck. I will “get my words down every day whether they are good or not.”

© zaji, 2016

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