Writing & self-care

Hi YaBookcasers,

You might have noticed that this month I’ve skipped a few posts. It’s not because I didn’t have time to write one, or that I didn’t have anything to say. It’s because it was time to have a little self-care. And that’s exactly what I want to talk about today!

The writing world is a very intense one. We’re a tight-knit community. Everyone knows pretty much everyone. We have so many ways of connecting – critique groups, forums, blogs, contests, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram…the list goes on. With hundreds of ways to find another writer to share our journey with, we’re never at a loss to find that connection we’re looking for.

However, with those wonderfully positive elements come some downfalls. We can also be sucked into major procrastination, watching endless YouTube videos, writing videos on things we already know, or researching more than we really need to. We can also get sucked into politics, arguments, and other conversations that bring us away from what we opened the computer for in the first place.

That’s not to say these things don’t have a place, they can and they do. However, it’s the amount of time we get distracted away from our intention of writing that worries me. Sometimes, we’re so busy talking about writing that we’re not actually writing. And, more importantly, we’re forgetting to take care of ourselves.

For example: I’ve got a new W.I.P (work in progress). I’ve been stuck on chapter 2. But I’m not actually stuck…I’ve been distracted. There was so much going on externally that I couldn’t sit back, relax, take care of myself, and let my brain have some room to breathe so that it could do what I wanted it to do…create.

Which is why I’m encouraging everyone to implement some self-care. Take some time out. Let your soul replenish. Yesterday, I did literally nothing for the entire day. A small part of me felt guilty. I should be doing something. But the smarter part of me realized that life is too short to feel geared up and stressed all the time. I needed time to decompress. To let all the tension in my body and mind to ease away (even if for a minute). Unsurprisingly, after that, I woke up with the solution to my chapter 2.

You’ve probably guessed by now that this is a long way of saying: please look after yourself. Whatever is happening in your writing and life sphere, make sure you give yourself room to breathe. Self-care should be your top priority. Always.

Until next post,

Fiona xox

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