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The Importance of Self-Care For Writers #AmWriting

Our writing lives are at times joyful and heavenly, but they are also fraught with creative emotional pain and suffering. We go through continual phases of hating and loving our writing, dealing with writer jealousy, working through rejection, failure, chasing that fast moving and unobtainable object called a writing dream {enter your dream} and on certain days feeling a million years away from it.

Our poor little creative hearts go through so much; they’re either swelling with pride after a literary achievement, splintering after a nasty rejection or being glued back together as we write something new.

As well as this they are like sponges with all the emotion which goes with writing. Every bit of joy, happiness, shock, pain, sting and hurt which comes from writing is soaked up by your little creative heart.

Your writer brain also sometimes needs a rest. There are days when it feels like rush hour at London St Pancras station with new ideas, characters and plots rushing in at different platforms and old stories being escorted out for no longer having valid tickets. There are also days when your station like mind feels like all writing trains have been cancelled and it can be a dismal place.

All this emotional chaos unfortunately goes with the territory of being a writer. Some might say its all part of the fun and some might say it’s what we signed up for when we started taking our writing seriously. It is in the Writer Job Descriptionmust be able to swing from positive thoughts to negative thoughts over a project and must be able to physically feel your creative heart breaking every time you get a rejection email.

I am not going to lecture you on self-care tips because there are loads. Just type self-care into Google and you will find a lot of great articles, books and podcasts on the subject.

Just think about what you are putting your little creative heart and busy mind through.

Occasionally write a list of all the things you’ve been through creatively in the last few months and ask yourself honestly whether its time for some self care. Don’t forget that self care can take many forms, even binge watching Netflix, cooking nice meals, taking a relaxing bath or catching up with friends.

Look after yourselves. We’re not robots and we’re not superhuman.

❤️ to you all x

9 comments on “The Importance of Self-Care For Writers #AmWriting

  1. Self-care is so key. Thank you for posting. Xx

  2. Always good to have a reminder that self care should be at the top of our lists xx

  3. Yes, yes, yes, and all of the above! Well said!

  4. Great post. ❤️❤️

  5. Series binge is underrated. It can detox a creative mind. Sleep helps, too. So does petting cats and dogs.

  6. Hear hear Lucy. There are days when I am chasing my ideas up the down escalator, tantalisingly out of reach. Today I’ll wait until they come back to me. Anyway I’ve a book launch to focus on. The next great novel can wait!!

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