Sometimes it’s hard to admit, but we all have them. I’m talking about bad writing habits. Have you ever noticed something in your writing through editing or perhaps a critique group that made your head spin? Recently, I was lucky enough to join a critique group. Joining alone was enough to boost my inspiration, but as the first meeting approached I was ready for it all. I wanted to hear the good, bad, and ugly about my current project.
Well, I got exactly what I wished for and a little more when a very embarrassing error was brought to my attention.
Do you see that word? Somehow, my brain had programmed itself to type that version in every occurrence. I had completely stopped using “its” and only used “it’s,” which is incredibly embarrassing. Obviously, I got over that embarrassment since I’m sharing it with all of you now, but for my first session in a new critique group? It wasn’t inspiring.
Over the next few days I caught myself doing it several times while writing. I’d be peacefully writing and then…
I needed to do something to make it stop.
Well, I’m here to report a few ways that have helped me break this habit:
- Become hyper aware of the error. I put a giant sticky note next to my computer that said, “IT IS Christine!!!!”
- Use that handy “Find & Replace” tool on Microsoft Word. If your mind slips, it will save you.
- Be kind to yourself and keep writing. We all make mistakes. You will evolve if you try.
Here’s hoping the advice I gave myself, helps you too! What type of bad writing habits do you have? How did you break them?
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