We are all creatures of habit…

  
I have noticed now that I have started editing ‘A Hole in Serenity’, that I and I am sure we, have certain habits that we didn’t even realise exist.

You walk through the door after work for instance and remove your shoes right? Have you ever thought about which shoe you take off first? I’ll put money on it that it’s the same shoe 9 times out of 10.
Have you ever climbed out of the shower and dried yourself without realising that you have a ‘post shower drying ritual?’ You may have been unaware of it until now but I’m quite sure that you dry each limb in a particular order with little variation each time.
These are just two examples of ‘habits of comfort’. We don’t even think about them, we just do them. They make us feel comfortable because we don’t have to think about what we are doing.
I’ve started to find comfortable words in my writing. Apparently everyone has them. Words you fall back on that are easy to find and that roll of your tongue without too much effort. My challenge is to remove most of them and leap away from my comfort zone. Trust me, it’s not easy!
So if you ever realise that you too have a comfortable habit, break it! Go on, I dare you!
Thank you for following this journey, your support as always is very much appreciated. Until next time…
Take care,
Mark

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9 comments

  1. Christine Charlotte'sMother · January 20, 2016

    I do notice a difference both in the style and the good choice of words… And this is quite encouraging.
    Yet, do you think you would understand if I told you to try put some music in your text… so as to make it a bit more poetic ! Hussshhhh I know I am a dreamer, hence look at the time !… You see ?…
    Affectionately,
    Christine

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    • drakes1 · January 20, 2016

      Hi Christine! Yes, thank you for the feedback. I completely understand what you say about musicality. It is slightly easier to do with poetry than it is in a novel but yes, it definitely brings it to life! Thanks for getting in touch! Mark

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  2. 7th Time's a Charm · January 22, 2016

    Great point! I am going to try this starting tomorrow.

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  3. Glynis Jolly · January 27, 2016

    I fall back to words I used numerous time too. Though, I’ve been delving in the thesaurus more and more, especially when I want a specifically expressive verb, which, of course, is an ongoing challenge.

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    • drakes1 · January 27, 2016

      Hi Glynis, thanks for stopping by and for following! I must admit, I don’t know what I would do without my thesaurus. It’s become my best friend recently. Take care and thanks again, Mark.

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  4. Charlotte Graham · January 30, 2016

    This post is spot on! I find myself very guilty of being a creature of habit when I write, favoring certain words and sentence structures. Thank you for sharing!

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  5. itsmayurremember · March 24, 2016

    I never noticed the habits until now I read this. Thanks!

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