Lucy Mitchell informs us with a post on her blog about five self-care secrets that make her a better writer. I find it a very interesting article and wanted to share it. Thank you, Lucy.
Have you been stuck at the literary coalface for sometime? Are you in need of writer self-care?
This fabulous guest post from author Abi Yardimci is for you.
If you’ve not checked out Abi’s books than I strongly suggest you do. Her books are funny, enchanting and carry several inspirational life lessons.
Over to you, Abi.
Five Self-Care Secrets That Make me a Better Writer . . .
Anyone who knows me will tell you that they have heard me bang on about the importance of self-care on many occasions.
It only took me forty-two years to reach the conclusion that without self-care we simply cannot be what we need to be in the world. Whether that’s a friend, a lover, a parent, a sibling, a dreamer, a go-getter, a tea-drinker, a Doritos-devourer or all of the above, without caring for ourselves even a teensy bit, none of those things will have much longevity.
(And let’s face it, who doesn’t want longevity when it comes to Doritos?)
I won’t bore you with the many, many self-care strategies I have developed over the years. There are too many of them to count now. And it’s different strokes for different folks, isn’t it? One person’s scented candle collection is another person’s hell on earth.
I’m not here to tell you how to spend your precious time but I would definitely promote the avid noticing of where one gets one’s thrills. If it makes you feel good then it could improve EVERYTHING if you make it a priority. No guilt. No excuses. Just do it.
And I’m living proof. It wasn’t until I started taking notice of what made my soul sing that I started doing what I’ve always secretly wanted to do: write.
So here are my top five self-care secrets that I know, from years of experimenting, make me a better writer (and a better person too):