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The Weekly Habit: Starting All Over Again

For the second week in a row, I managed to totally not keep a new habit. Flossing didn’t even get off the ground and I’m a ton ashamed of myself.

But I’ve decided that since my huge work project is finally winding this just might be the perfect week to turn over not one, not two, but three new leaves. The plan is to

1) Start exercising again for at least 30 minutes a day. The first trimester fatigue has lifted, so I no longer have an excuse for not doing this.

2) Start flossing. I mean it this time. And most importantly

3) Start a new novel.

Now of course number 3 is going to be the most difficult. I’ve been a little depressed since last week, because I’m done with my novel. I mean done-done. No more book editor notes. The copy edits are fully in. I’m not sure I’d even be able to touch it again I’m so sick of it. But then at the same time I miss it terribly. Finishing a novel is a little bit like breaking up with someone after a long-term relationship. You’re sick of them and t’s time to move on, yes. But you did love this person passionately at one time and it’s just so sad.

But both Stephen King and The War on Art suggests that you immediately begin a second novel as soon as you finish the last, so I’m heaving myself into the next one. What’s strange about this situation is that I was so excited to write my second novel while in the midst of my first. In fact, I often thought of cheating on our out-and-out abandoning A Molly Ringwald Ending for this much sexier prospect. But now that I’m free of MRE, I’m totally reluctant to move on to the next thing.

But hopefully this is one of the many writing problems that is solved by just sitting down at your computer and just writing already. I suppose we’re about to find out. Either way, exercising, flossing, new novelling — I’ll let you know how it goes next week. Oh, and if you have any advice for getting over the post-project blues, which I always get pretty badly, please me know in the comments.


Photo Credits: Swimming – Amancay Maahs; Flossing Doohickey – Enrique Diaz; Novel – Graham Binn