For the last post of the year, I wanted to talk about self care and the guilty feeling writers might get when not working on their books. The last month of the year has been hectic! Nursery parties, family outings, festivities and getting to know the writing community on Twitter and Instagram.
For the past 2 weeks I’ve not written a single word down for my WIP, but even though I really wanted to, the break was much needed. I got tension headaches everytime I sat down to write and anything that I managed to type out was pure rubbish.
This is one thing I didn’t consider when starting my own novel; the toll it can take on your mind and body. The eagerness to get this book out took point and I put exercise and time to relax on the back burner.
This forced break gave me the chance to clear my head and I feel less guilty about not writing and I’m actually enjoying myself. The excitement I used to feel when I was going to sit down to write has returned.
So a word of warning to any new writers: Don’t forget self care. I know how it feels to want to write all the time and get the book done asap, but it’s important to take care of yourself.
Relax, play, have fun.
Love, G x