Like most new habits that are good for me, there comes a point after the initial enthusiasm and novelty start to wear off when I begin to feel like slacking. That happened a couple weeks ago, coinciding nicely with a spike in my day job stress/workload.
Unlike most other positive habits I’ve tried to start, however, I’m still sticking with this one, thanks to good old-fashioned peer pressure. Much like flame-throwers, peer pressure’s bad reputation just isn’t fair. And while peer pressure can’t evict raccoons from your chimney or light all the candles on a birthday cake at once (thank you flame-throwers), it can help you stick with a tough yet beneficial activity.
Our workshop is also reminding me about the rewards of the creative slog –the act of making my fingers type even when I really really don’t feel like it. I’ve really been proud of my writing lately, and some of the best stories I’ve written have come from my Wednesday workshop story deadline.