Are your habits making or breaking your writing?

Are your habits making or breaking your writing?

A writer and friend of mine will openly tell you that, sometimes, she doesn't write because she gets sucked into Netflix or solitaire. 

I love her honesty, because let's face it, we all have our vices

Mine also begins with N followed by etflix, yet if you were to ask me what I'd rather do—write or watch TV—I'd say writing every time. So why do I so often choose TV?

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It's possible to transform your writing life.

It's possible to transform your writing life.

Not too long ago, I was dissatisfied with my writing. It wouldn't have looked that way from the outside: I was an editor at a successful weekly newspaper, where I got to write pretty much whatever I wanted. I'd been published in The Wall Street Journal, more than once, and in magazines. I'd published essays, too. 

But instead of focusing on what I had accomplished, I couldn't stop thinking about the things I hadn't done. I'd never published a short story. I'd never taken a novel far enough to seek publication. 

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