I know that this week I have been harping a lot about self-care
and self-love. I just know that earlier as a writer, I always was
really harsh on myself and terribly self-critical when I didn’t
complete a project that I set out to complete. So, I do speak from
I have been writing creatively for about five years now, and
academically for about 25 years. And I know first hand that there
are ups and downs to the writing life. There is really nothing that
you can do about that either. That is part of the writing life.
Even seasoned writers, ranging from the prolific Danielle Steele
to Stephanie Meyer, all have ups and downs in their writing life.
Some years will be great for their writing career, while other
year’s won’t be as productive or successful. So, we have to learn
from such writers and try to persevere ourselves when times get
One thing that writers rarely is practise self-care. They tend to
work hard and play hard and there is no in between. Balance is
the key to happiness and fulfillment. And I think it is no accident
that we all need times of rest and recreation and self-care.
What do I mean by self-care? Well, to practise self-care, you
spend a few days a week for a few hours just doing something
that you love. That may be reading a book, going to the movies,
taking yourself out for coffee, going for a long walk, settling with
a good book, taking a long bath, and so on. The secret is to do
something that you really, really enjoy.
Do you do such things every week? If not, you’re not
practising proper self-care. So, take the time today to plan to do a
few things over the next few days that you really love. You will
feel so uplifted and good.
~ Happy writing and self-care!