I have learned I am a creature of habit. My alarm goes off at the same time every morning, I hit the snooze every morning and curse that I'm getting up so early...every morning. I take the same route into work every day and take the same route home. I even park in the same spot and get darned upset when someone has swiped my spot! I even have the same routine when I get to work, drop the lunch sack, login, check out the comics, then get to work.
But this week my daily routine got spun up and for a while I was not sure how to deal with it. The ladies' bathroom is being renovated at work. It will be closed for a month! Now I have to change my routine! I have to go down to the third floor! I know I KNOW it's daring! I mean what's to stop me from the third! Maybe I'll go down and sneak into the OHSU bathroom (Oregon Health Sciences University for you non-Portlanders) - they have some of their business offices in our building. I mean - this sudden break of routine is heady stuff! I mean it's not like I'll suddenly go into the Men's bathroom or anything like that.
And today -driving home - I went a different way! Yes yes I did! I DID! I was giddy with routine breaking! It's actually kind of like my current WIP - ooo see I'm breaking my blog routine of NOT blogging about writing! For over a year I'd been working on a historical novel...I was in the routine of research and write, research and write. My critique group ( The Always awesome Dead Bunny Club) were supportive, but I felt like I was stuck in the literary rut.
An idea had been festering in my mind for a while and so I decided to ... wait for it... break out of the routine... did you say it with me? I shelved the historical fiction - no doubt my Main Character is spitting nails because of this. I started brand new with the idea that had been festering and it's worked out great so far! Where I felt like I was prying words and pages like a 19th century dentist pulling out teeth, I now feel like they're flowing from me like a quicksilver river!
So moral of the story - it's good to sometimes shake things up and not be such a creature of habit in life and in writing!
4 months ago