Insecure Writer's Support Group: Be Kind To Yourself

Insecure Writer's Support Group: Be Kind To Yourself: Photo by Ashley Whitlatch on Unsplash As writers, the work can be mentally and emotionally draining as you grind away on those manuscripts...

Michelle has some great tips in this post. I encourage everyone to read it. I'm going to put in my two cents worth, which is probably worth about half that minus two!

As you reflect on the year that has been, here are some reminders:
1. Write for 20 minutes, then stretch your arms, back, and shoulders.
2. Take frequent breaks. Go for a walk. You can people watch and observe and listen.
3. Don't check your sales figures every single day.
4. Buy some new accessories (maybe a bullet journal or colorful post-its)
5. Remember that everyone feels like an impostor sometimes.      
6. Have a little bit of writing-related fun where you give your inner writer a little TLC such as, doodling or writing some bad poetry. Alleviate the pressure from yourself by not expecting the writing to become “a thing.”
7. Read for the sake of reading. When was the last time that you picked up a book just to enjoy the experience? Too often writers seem to focus on craft books instead of reading for the sheer love of reading.
8. Accept that you'll always have room to grow so you need to stop beating yourself up for not being 100% productive all the time - remember that perfect is the 'enemy' of good.

Well, I never check my sales figures. I have no sales!

I really don't read for the sake of reading because I review books. When I read for the sake of reading, I tend to feel unproductive.

I lost a follower today, People. I really don't know who, and I don't know why. I honestly don't much care, either. I'm not sure if it was my foul language, my hatred of Lord Dampnut, my Inner Champion Workbook shares (I am reviewing the book that this workbook comes with), or the fact that I fell into a dark hole and haven't gotten around to replying to comments on my WEP story in about a week. Maybe it was my rant against diet culture and my refusal to buy into body-shaming bullshit. Maybe it was the fact that my posts have affiliate links. Who the hell knows?

In the past, losing a follower would have devastated me and made me feel horrible about myself. At this point, there are some people that I'd feel sad to lose, but for the most part, it ain't no thing. 

I really need to stop and eat something. The only thing I've consumed all day was a piece of leftover bread pudding and a fair amount of coffee with oat milk. I need to have some actual food so my growling stomach stops freaking my cat out.

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1 comment:

  1. I read. Each and every day. And REFUSE to feel guilty. Mind you, if I knew where my guilt button was I would disconnect it. Permanently. I really can't think of anything positive which has emerged from me feeling guilty.


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