Past couple of months were rough. It was even thougher, writing wise.
I know why.
Well, NOW that I’m back from a long writing break, that I’ve been able to sleep, plus finished cleaning the dirty dishes from the Holidays party’s (almost not kidding, m’dears), NOW, I know why.
The healthy writing tips I gathered are a bit below.
Feel free to skip the next part where I simply rambled about my writing block.
Every writer experiences it, in different ways, for a different period of time.
Exemple, my previous writing block lasted two-plus years.
Why I hit a colossal writing block wall?
For months, I:
- neglected to sleep or eat well;
- rarely took a break from doing something (day job, trying in vain to crush word count goals, Xmas shopping, trying to find clients, housekeeping);
- pushed myself to write every single day. It was either working on the new book, blogging, writing emails.
To get around it all, I slept less, always grabbed a bite on the fly, and started to think date nights with my hubby-to-be were a waste of precious writing time.
No « me » time. No guilt-free pauses.
Soon, writing, the thing I LOVE, became a heavy chore, on top of all the other ones.
Results: by mid-December, the only thing I wanted to do is read, watch old tv shows and be left – the f-word – alone.
Which, for a writer on a deadline (self-imposed but still), a mom, a fiancée and a solo-preneur, is kinda not in the realm of possibilities.
Ends escalating stress, anxieties and frustrations.
Not pretty emotions on a strugglin- to-get-a-decent-night-of-sleep mama, a writer aspiring to be traditionally published, and freelance writer looking for paying contracts.
my choosen healthy writings habits
Never again, I decided.
And I still mean it, from the bottom of my soul to the top of my heart.
And so I reflected on it, did some research, read many great blog posts.
Following a friend’s advice, I wrote on paper what were my aspirations, goals, dreams… Very pop psychology, but it helped to figure things out.
I’m a list-maker freak, so I made a list of the healthy writing habits that I think will work best with a busy schedule.
Please note, there’s nothing new here and I do not pretend to have the ultimate list of healthy writing habits every writer needs to follow.
I think, if the list helps me, why not share it and risk to maybe help other writers.
- Stick to the planned plan!
- Go to bed early; take a power nap during lunchtime when needed
- Eat healthy foods and AVOID diets at any price; hunger makes it hard to focus
- Take a walk every day (-20 celsius don’t count!)
- Take a day off-off-OFF every week
- Set realistic writing goals
- Reclaim or Revise the writing goals often
- Do some quick writing exercises when drafting gets less fun
- Be kind with yourself