This month on the November O’Malley blog is being devoted to Self-Care for writers. Stay tuned in the following for more tips, tricks, and activities to improve your writing life and check
You’ve done it! You finished your project, it’s done, it’s edited, and now it’s time for a bunch of strangers to tear it letter from letter, word from word. It’s scary, it’s heart-pounding, it’s literally the worst thing ever. And the worst part is that you can’t go off and write some more like you do whenever you want to avoid the real world. If you thought editing was bad, you haven’t seen and/or felt anything yet.
But it’s okay.
Because there’s plenty you can do to keep yourself sane. Or as sane as us writers can be:
- Make a playlist.
- Make an ambiance track.
- Make an aesthetic board or a Pinterest board
- Have a mini dance party for yourself!
- Go for a walk
- Go feed some ducks (PLEASE NOTE: Do not feed ducks bread! They like oats and halved grapes, bread makes them sick and fat.)
- Watch your favorite movie
- Watch a really bad movie
- Watch a movie you like but no one else seems to.
- Watch a movie you haven’t seen since you were a kid.
- Read a book in your genre
- Read a book outside your genre or age group
- Find out what author in your genre and age group is next to yours alphabetically and read something of theirs. Be friendly with your future neighbors!
- Read the first thing that comes up when you look up “free ebook”, or a randomly numbered one.
- Randomly generate a word. Read the first free ebook when you look up that word.
- Bake something
- Try an origami project
- Make a new recipe for dinner
- Read some really, really terrible fanfiction
- Make yourself a cup of tea. Really focus on it, let yourself do nothing but just enjoy it.