Authors fall into this odd little crany between entrepreneur and passionate artist. Because of that, we commonly find ourselves flipping from on extreme to another - furiously scribbling our stories during jolts of inspiration to banging our heads against our desks and chugging stale coffee because the words just won't come. Juggling both aspects and maintaining balance between both sides can easily become draining and emotionally taxing.
Deadlines, plot holes, and your inner self-talk begin to lead to overwhelm, self-doubt, and burn out. All of that can spiral into one hot mess of a writer's rut, leaving us feeling defeated.
Friend, that is not what I want for you and your author journey. That is the exact reason why you'll commonly hear me shouting about self-care and urging writer to incorporate it into their daily lives. Yes, daily!
Here are five essential self-care practices that will help minimize the internal and external chaos. Let’s dive in!
Before we go any further, there is something I need you to know. Do you write books? Do you use your mind to create characters and worlds and plots? Yes?
You are an author.
Now you may be thinking-
but I don't write every day
but I don't have a published book yet
but I don't have as many readers as this other writer
A book deal isn't the qualifying factor to being an author. If you have made the decision to take your writing seriously and write your stories - then you are an author. It's that simple! Use that title, friend. Claim it.
ARG! The dreaded "p" word... yep, I'm going to say it.
Everyone knows I'm all about planning and scheduling and goals setting. They are so essential to success and a happy well being. A healthy schedule will include the following:
Writing can be lonely work. Especially if you are surrounded by non-writers who just don't get it. It's easy to let their doubts creep into our own mind.
That’s why finding a community of like-minded writers is so important! Introverts - I know what you are thinking - and that doesn't mean you have to go jump into a local writers group gathering (though you totally can). The internet is a wonderful place that can bring folks together from all over the globe - and you don't even have to change out of your coffee-stained yoga pants to get involved!
There are tons of micro-writing communities across the web on all sorts of platforms where you can seek support, ecouragement, and community- Facebook, Instagram, Youtube. Pssst: I'd love to see your face inside the Thriving Scribe Tribe (you can join below).
What? Systems are self-care? Of course they are!
Some side effects of authorship include overwhelm, disorganization, feeling frazzeled, too many genious ideas to know what to do with, and drowning in notes. Nothing is worse than sitting down to work and having to shuffle through a million notebooks, computer files, and planners.
Or even worse - finding out you've lost something (or an entire manuscript file) before getting the chance to back it up!
That's no way to thrive, friend. It's time to set up an organized system that serves you and makes your life easier. My favorite tools for this are Google Drive and Trello.
Slouching over a computer screen all day does horrors for both your body and your mind. Do them both a favor and care for them. Schedule in daily movement and rests. This could look like:
Here's what you'll get as a member:
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