what is a good way to practice putting spin (of any sort) on a serve without creating bad habbits and or a bad serving motion? I'm just starting to serve the ball with what I consider a moderate pace and am not real accurate yet and was wanting some advice on spin practice on my own.
Without sounding flippant, the best way to practice spin without creating bad habits, is to take a lesson or two. There is very little substitute for having someone guide you through what you should do. Reading it isn't the same.
My mantra was, and always has been shoulders, shoulders, shoulders. On forehands, backhands, and serves.
As for your creating bad habits, if you haven't already created some, there's not much new you can create by trying to add spin. It's important to understand that you are not going to slow your swing down. If anything you may end up speeding it up to get spin.
You will be looking for all the world like you are going to hit the ball with the side of the racquet, but then change the path by turning the wrist away slightly to brush the side or the back of the ball instead of snapping the wrist down through the ball like in a flat serve.
You can try tossing the ball slightly behind you to get a better chance to hit up on the ball. That will help achieve topspin, but it will also give the serve way, and it's not the best for the health of your shoulder (I can attest to that).
Everything else should be very similar to your normal serve, assuming you are technically sound with it.