Self Care in Writing

Posted: October 10, 2015 in Health and Wellness, Writing Tips

You’ll often see some very common advice when it comes to writing a book: write every day. If you’re a writer, you need to set a daily word goal. Writing everyday is practice, necessary, and the only thing that keeps you from being a procrastinator.

The reality is, this isn’t reality for everyone and it isn’t necessary. This well-meaning advice can quickly turn against you into a looming wall of guilt and frustration.Writing should be treated like a job, that’s true, but just like any job it can lead to burnout. Frustration can lead to depression which can lead to a writer’s block.

Instead of writing every day, I find the better rule to examine my well being. There are days when it is perfectly fine to take a break. Forcing myself to write does not produce quality work. When I go back for a rewrite or edit, I can always tell when I was struggling. Forcing myself to work when I’m attempting to edit is especially bad.

Here are some reasons that you may need a break:

  • You haven’t slept well.
  • There is a stressful situation in your life.
  • You are recovering from illness.
  • You feel like you need a break.

Keep in mind that if your break lasts more than a few days you may need to examine the  underlying cause. Sometimes, however; you just need a break, and you need to forgive yourself for that.

Have you ever had to take a break? Leave your story in the comments.

As always, thank you for reading.

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