According to "officials" who are supposed to know, it takes anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months to develop a habit. Of course they claim a lot of different variables such as personality and type of habit you are trying to establish.
While I'm not sure about how long it takes to set a habit I do know it takes much longer to break or get rid of it.
Tonight while sitting at Sonic, sipping on my blue coconut slush while son was at piano lessons (as is my habit) I started pondering the habits of writers.
Here's a couple I've noticed...
Using the same word...a lot. For a long time, I used to use "that" all the time. For a while it was "just" or some other word that didn't belong. It took quite a while to weed these out of my writing though they occasionally sneak back in.
I use ellipses...a lot. And most of the time, I really don't need them. I just do it and sometimes I use them improperly. I promise to do better. Swear...
And, I start sentences with "and" more than I should. I need to work on that too.
Those are several of my more annoying habits.
However, I do have one good writing habit at least. I write every day except the weekends. And, actually, I do write blog posts on Sunday so it's only Saturday.
On Saturdays, I generally work on the submissions for Abandoned Towers and plan out my writing for the week ahead.
What about you? Got any annoying writerly habits? Or what about any positive writing habits? Share them with us and we'll conquer them together.