Habit — you snooze, you lose

On these wintry mornings, it’s hard to get out of bed. The main problem of sleeping in is that I lose my writing time. My sister-in-law’s saying, ‘you snooze, you lose’ has taken on new meaning for me. She was talking about not paying attention when we played cribbage and I missed a chance to make points. Now, the statement applies to my writing. Another statement comes into play, too. Here’s a quote from Octavia Butler:

Forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice.

I need to stop hitting the snooze button on my alarm clock. I really do lose when I snooze.

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About Sharon Hart Addy

Writing is the monkey on my back. Sometimes it's great fun and sometimes it -- well, things can't be fun all the time, but it's still engrossing even when I chew my nails and scratch my head while searching for inspiration. Fiction is my particular fondness. Writing it and reading it.
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