Thinking About Becoming A Writer? There’s No Better Time Then Right Now!!

 

Becoming A Writer

This week I downloaded a book about starting a “worm farm.” Yep, you read that right. I purchased an e-book focusing on the topic of designing, constructing, and running a farm that raises worms.

Isn’t that great ??

I think I can hear you right through the Internet going, “ewww. Why the hell would anyone be interested in that?”  And the answer is that here in Kansas there are literally dozens of “underground” worm-fighting rings popping up across the state and I am interested is breeding little, wiggling champions.

Okay. Okay. That’s not entirely true. I have only ever seen one worm fight in my life – and I’m not quite sure they weren’t just mating. But the point is that I was looking for a book that was specifically targeting the subject of raising worms and I was able to find not just one, but several different books about worm farming when I searched Amazon.

Let’s face it, a whole lot has changed in the last few years brought on by new innovations in technology. And nowhere has that caused a bigger disruption than in the areas of writing and publishing.

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The Benefits of Writing Rituals

The Benefits of Writing Rituals

I’m sure you have all heard the phrase, “creatures of habit.”  The Cambridge Dictionary defines the phrase as the following:

“someone who always wants to do the same things in the same way”

There are some very good evolutionary reasons for this: good habits save us time and mental energy. They help us in negotiating the world, freeing our minds to invent things like fire and computers.  On the flip-side, however, our hardwired ability to form habits also makes us vulnerable to picking up self-destructive patterns, too; things like smoking, or drinking, or becoming addicted to checking our email over and over.  For the last three months when I sit down to write, I myself have had to fight the urge to pour myself a 44oz. cup of soda or grab candy bars two at a time while sitting at my writing desk. Habits can be both good and bad.

Writers are people who tend to be disciples of habit. I can’t say that I know one, single writer who does not utilize some pattern or ritual as they write. Writing rituals are personal habits, which generally make no practical sense to writing, but that people routinely perform when they are faced with a writing task. These habits are typically related to the time one writes, or the environment in which one writes, and/or one’s behavior while writing.

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