To develop a writing habit is like taking cocaine.

Or heroine.

A writer asked me yesterday:
“How do I find time to write?”

Well, I wanted to say that if you love writing, you won’t have to ‘find’ time for it.

But, me being me, I wanted to twist it a bit.
Hence, I wrote this:

“Hey. I love your profile. Interesting.

You see, dear, developing a writing habit is like taking cocaine. Or heroine.

First, you look for supply.

Ideas.

Just like the drug dealers, ideas lurk in many places:
- some nook and corner of your mind, as a memory or a thought or an incident
- in your friends/family
Or maybe in plain sight.

Once you get hold of it, you find a nice and quiet corner.
Maybe you pause and think about what you are going to do, but do it anyway.

You start with small doses first. Let the mind get used to it.
And then keep increasing your dosage.

Slowly, it gets into your mind and is all you can think about.
Now you are addicted to it.

There’s no going away.

Words of caution, my dear.

* Like an addict, you will look for supplies (ideas) everywhere.
* You will find socializing irksome.
* You will want your peace.
* You will never want to stop.
* You will look for possibilities to sneak in some more.
* The chances that you will overdose are high (burnout).

Tread with caution.
Yours faithfully,
Lipika.”

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