The Mona Lisa

You may think you can write well, but unless you keep writing on a constant and continual basis, it’s like anything else, you get out of the habit. Getting out of the habit of writing on a regular basis is surprisingly easy. At the back of your mind you can fall into that trap of telling yourself doing something else is more important.

“I just need to do a bit of gardening, or clean the car, or sweep the drive or make a cake…”

All important things, to be sure, but without that essential period of writing getting out of the habit makes it harder to get back into the habit. I’m sure there are people out there who never get back into the habit and lose their writing skills forever.

I’ve been telling myself that writing a daily piece for my blog is my way of honing my writing skills and keeping the habit going. Well, yes, that’s true but all I’m really doing is keeping the blogging habit going, not the writing a book habit.

I did adhere to a strict timetable, 25 minutes early morning, same at lunchtime and the same in the evening. But that too went out the window because something else always came up.

Now I do something completely different. I keep my current project open on my PC and I do five minutes, ten minutes, even one minute as and when I can. I only stop when necessary. In this I’m hoping to ensure my writing habit stays fresh and alive. Watch this space.

Tom Kane © 2017

As a English expat author living in Cyprus, you may think my life revolves around cocktails by the pool. You would be wrong. In ten years on the island I’ve had my fair share of adventures and interesting experiences.

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