Wednesday, July 14, 2010

On Habits.

It was pointed out recently that my consumption of hot tea corresponds directly to my productivity. Days I drink tea, I tend to accomplish more words written/edited. Days I forgo tea tend to reap far less words.

Now, this connection was not one I made, but something the DH pointed out to me during a grocery shopping trip. I had to think about it, and look back over the previous weeks, but I realized he was right. When I'm really focused and really cranking out work, I go through several cups of tea in a day. When I'm floundering and poking at the manuscript with the same trepidation as someone jabbing a stick at a sleeping bear, tea doesn't tend to be involved.

Oh, don't get me wrong. I'm not saying the tea is a magic ingredient to my writing, nor am I saying that drinking tea on bad days would improve them (though it might, lol). I'm actually saying the tea is part of my writing habit--one I never realized I had until it was pointed out to me. Like opening the blinds to let natural light in and turning on music, putting on the kettle and fixing a cup of tea is a habit--a ritual, if you will--that I indulge in while writing. It's not necessary: I've had plenty of productive days sans tea, but I do find it interesting that I gravitate toward this one habit only on productive days. I'd try to analysis it, but the fact the habit occurs when I'm focused means I'm unlikely to waste time thinking about why I want tea at that moment.

Have you noticed (or has anyone pointed out to you) any habits you demonstrate more often when you are productive? Tendencies that correspond with certain activities or events?

I hope everyone's week has started well! Now I think I'll go boil some water and see if I can't trick my brain into a productive day and make this newly discovered habit work for me. Tea anyone?

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Around the Web

I'm very pleased to announce that I've joined the amazing authors over at Fangs, Fur, and Fey. If you're not familiar with FFF, it is a live journal community of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance authors. I will be blogging in the community hopefully on something akin to a regular basis--probably, just like here, disappearing randomly when deadlines get tight. If you're a fan of UF and PR and you've never checked out the community before, you really should. There are posts there for readers and writers alike.

And speaking of blogging, today I blogged over at the Magic District about goals. In particular, in the qualities required of a good goal. It's not writing specific, but it seemed pertinent as goals and accomplishing goals, has been a topic on my mind recently.

Well, that's it for me today.

Happy Thursday everyone!