Writers encounter all sorts of stressors. They have a lot of demands made on them. These stressors, if they are not dealt with, can result in a loss of productivity and success for writers.
Writers cannot produce their best work if they experience stress and upheaval all the time. Unfortunately, as beautiful as the writing life is, it is plagued with uncertainty and stress without additional stressors that part-time writers experience after working full-time.
All day long we are pressured to do things right and get things right. We are expected to drive on the correct side of the road, keep our check book balanced, show up to work on time, cook dinner, and keep our homes clean.
Another special source of stress for writers is to work with a deadline and the need to check in with our editor. As much as you don’t want to carry on that conversation, you must.
Consider the following scenario. You have two manuscripts due to your publisher within a few months of each other. You are supposed to provide a final draft of the first manuscript soon. And things aren’t going well. The last thing you want to do is to ask the editor for an extension on your deadline because you never worked with this editor before.
Here are a few things not to do to deal with this stressor.
• Don’t take to your bed. Hiding under the covers is not the answer. Even if you’re feeling sad and overwhelmed, try not to throw in the towel.
Instead, get to work! not only will you be taking small steps towards completing your manuscript, but you will change your mind and overall attitude towards your manuscript. You will feel much more confident and positive than you did before.
• Don’t blow it off. Don’t adopt an attitude of the heck with it! Get it into your head that it does matter for you to complete your manuscript.
• Don’t make yourself sick by overdoing it. There is no denying the mind/body connection and the fact that anxiety and stress made people vulnerable to illnesses. Ventilate your emotions and practise anxiety management so as to avoid getting sick.
Learn some discharge technique such as silent screaming to ventilate pent-up stress and adopt some anxiety-management techniques such as deep breathing and guided visualizations to reduce your experience of anxiety.
By taking these concrete steps, you will be well on your way to conquering this kind of stressor and once you get home from work and finish dinner, you will take steps to habitually write for an hour or so before you go into your bath or bed.
You need to remember that if you are stressed out too often, not only will you not be doing your best writing but you will also open yourself up to many diseases and infections as mentioned above.
Further, by not dealing with the stressor you will be exhausted and you won’t want to write on a consistent basis. And this is a recipe for a lack of productivity and a lack of success.