This month is Self-Care Month where I share some tips for writers on being good to yourself – but without lavender-scented BS.
This is a concept that may seem a little mean, but I advocate so strongly for that I invented a word for it: Schadenfreudoptimism.
Basically, it just means having a guilty pleasure but using it to feel better about your career:
Step 1: Go to Your Local Library and Find Something Deliciously Trashy
Its cover has a swirly font and a purple cover or conversely it has a terrible embossed foil illustration of a dragon, spaceship, or concept car. Either way, it looks like it came out of the 80s but the copyright date says last year. Yes. This is going to be a good time.
Not only that, but look at you getting out of the house! The air is incredibly airy today and they make the trees in ‘green’ now!
Step 2: Check Out Proudly
Don’t use those self checkout thingies. You slap that mass-market chunk of tree down on the desk and politely ask to check out that book. Revel in any awkward looks and be sure to say thank you. Librarians work very hard and MLS’s are nothing to sneeze at.
This also counts as your human interaction of the day. Achievement Unlocked!
Step 3: Cuddle Up With Something Good
A glass of wine. A fudge chip cookie. A steaming mug of tea.
Whatever it is, as long as it’s tasty and makes you feel good inside, put it in your face!
Step 4: Enjoy
So here’s the thing about what I call the “junk food books”:
THEY GOT PUBLISHED.
You went to the place where books are. You went to the shelf. And you found something wonderfully bad and had a good time reading it and some publisher somewhere believed in this book enough to bring it to life and now you are holding it in your very hands.
AND IF THEY CAN GET PUBLISHED, SO CAN YOU.
Stay tuned next week for some positive affirmations to improve your writing life!