Thursday 9 August 2012

Building a New Habit: Day 5

The classic 'kiss with a leg lift' ... I give them a 15.8 for
[Photo by Ohcaroliiina]
I wrote last night!   432 words.  Not the 750 I wanted, but I'm happy with 432.   I'm working on a scene where my characters kiss, and admittedly I'm lousy at these scenes.  They aren't my strong suit and I find them excruciating to write.  Thinking about them in my head?  All good.  But writing them down is painful.

One of my critique partners, Anne MacFarlane, is really, really good at love scenes.  They look effortless when she does them, but when I write them I seem to focus too much on the mechanical parts and it feels so clunky.  I *should* practice them on a regular basis and then they probably wouldn't feel so foreign to me, but I think I'll tackle that once I've got this habit down.

Have also been thinking about the time of day I'm writing.  Building a habit is about making it so routine that you don't even think about it anymore.  I'm moving my writing times around a lot, so I think I need to find a time where it's consistent.  Might move it to the morning next week to test it out.


  1. I'm fascinated by your daily posts, Nikki.

    I like writing love scenes. Not so much the other 90% of the book

  2. Thanks Anne -- trying to learn how to be consistent! And I think we should just swap with each other on the parts we don't like!!

  3. You're doing great, Nikki. Building a habit takes time, so hang in there!

    And I agree. Anne writes great love scenes! :)

  4. Thanks Annette -- I really hope after 30-45 days of this it becomes a routine!!