On building my writing habits

Over the last couple years I've tried to get better at meditation. I don't do it near as much as I'd like, but that's okay. I've read several books on the topic and one consistent mantra I see is to not judge or beat up oneself. When you are meditating and your mind wanders, the authors write, gently, non-judgmentally, call yourself back to meditation.

That terminology used to put me off. But it is really important to meditation. If you start beating yourself up whilst trying to meditate, or feeling bad when about not meditating, you are defeating the purpose.

I'm going to try that approach with my writing as well.

One thing I'd like to do is write more often, even daily. It's the only way I'll improve my writing. To that end, I've decided on the days when I don't have a topic that comes to mind I'm going to use my friend Randy Murray's Writing Assignments book as a guide. And, since I really like the idea of using my Calepin blog site (see the Calepin site for more information) and have been struggling with how to incorporate it in, I'll start using that site for these writing assignments.

Writing Assignments