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If, like me, you seek routine in your daily life and claim not to be able to function without certain things in place (i.e. coffee in a certain cup, writing with the right pen, etc.), then think again. Sometimes what you need is to shake things up a bit.

Habit is described in the dictionary as: a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up. As writers we often talk about Ďmaking writing a habití. More often than not people will tell you to write every day, preferably at the same time every day. This supposedly helps your mind to relax in order to let the creative juices flow more easily.

But, what if you canít write at the same time every day? Or what if youíve just moved country and your favourite coffee cup is in a box on a ship and your favourite pen has just run out and you havenít got a clue where to find one exactly the same? The answer: you improvise.

In an ideal world writing would be my job. I would get up at the same time, start writing at the same time and have countless other little things in place that would (supposedly) help me create my masterpiece. The reality is somewhat different. I have a young child who is not yet in school and a husband starting a new job. My son goes to bed at the same time every night, so I try to do writing three to four evenings a week, but sometimes thatís just not possible. Life gets in the way.

And over the last couple of weeks Iíve surprised myself. Iíve often read about people who snatch ten minutes here and fifteen minutes there and thought to myself: that wouldnít suit me at all. But that is what I do now. And I may not be producing anywhere near as much as Iíd like, but at least itís something and something is better than nothing.

Not that I wholeheartedly agree, but Iíll leave you with thisÖ

What do you think?


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