I’m not sure where the 21-day rule originates, but I found it on line listed as first published in a book called “Psycho-Cybernetics,” a self-help book first published in the 1970s. I’d always heard it was a month, until I looked it up.¬† It says, “You can create or break a habit in just 21 days.”

This is a nice article, telling you how to break a bad habit,


I’m not convinced any method works. I’ve given up ice cream for over a year at a time, but it is still my go to treat when I’m blue. My husband is a lifelong smoker, a real bear when he’s quitting. In forty-nine years of marriage he has tried to quit or quit at least forty-eight times. Temptation or stress appears, back to half a pack a day.

Here’s an equally nice article with five rules on how to make a good habit.


I think this one is possible. After two months of writing everyday, first in JuNoWriMo and then CampNaNoWriMo, I’ve written the first five days of this month with out any hesitation, as though I have an unbreakable habit. Looked around and found a site to post my word count on too, for my needed pat on the head. It is “My 500 words.” I do not intend to drop my count though.

Now if I could just learn to write in the morning, or start at noon, or something besides reading the Internet for two hours and then about ten or so at night starting to write, I’m sure I would double my word count. I’m still at camp speed, over a thousand and I’m happy. NaNoWriMo is 1667 words a day, every day, so I need to build up a little before November.

Some days I think I cannot think of a thing to write. But still I write. I’m praying the old rules are true. “Write with your heart, edit with your head.” Looked for an image to post, thought Hemingway said it, might be Elmore Leonard. This Hemingway quote is close. thQIUAZWMA

All I know about writing can be summarized in these last two quotes.








Well, this is the end of the month. Ready to do a little two step. Had two challenges and this finishes the second one successfully. Ultimate Blog Challenge, write a blog post every day for a month, that you post on your website, Facebook, and Twitter. Check, check, and double check.

This will be the last post for a while until I get the first draft of the current book finished. Actually enjoy writing these little posts, forever hopeful that people read them and can relate. See from other writers, that the act of blogging helps them finish tasks, especially when writing nonfiction. I can see how it would do that if it didn’t steal time from the story or book I’m currently working on. Keep intending to try a video blog or podcast format, where you just blab for five to fifteen minutes and say goodnight. So far, haven’t had the time to learn how to do that. Maybe I’ll try as I get caught up on my writing.

Children started school today. Actually miss the getting ready for the new year, cleaning the room, and making the bulletin board, all for that first day when you get to meet your new students. But not enough to give up and go back to the classroom. Remember one of the hardest tasks was teaching little ones to tie their shoes. Finishing this is that hard, not sure how to tie the bow to end it. Finding images takes the most time, few would save.

So, knowing I’m not Betty Grable or Minnie Mouse (ignore her happy easter), will just leave their images to say I love you.

My first fan sent me a note today and she is the reason I want to blog. Thanks, Joann. Love all of you and will write back, anytime you want to say hello. biery35@gmail.com.