[Self-Care Month] 20 Things To Do When Your Work Is Out on Submission

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.

Please breathe.

Because there’s plenty you can do to keep yourself sane. Or as sane as us writers can be:

  1. Make a playlist.
  2. Make an ambiance track.
  3. Make an aesthetic board or a Pinterest board
  4. Have a mini dance party for yourself!
  5. Go for a walk
  6. Go feed some ducks (PLEASE NOTE: Do not feed ducks bread! They like oats and halved grapes, bread makes them sick and fat.)
  7. Watch your favorite movie
  8. Watch a really bad movie
  9. Watch a movie you like but no one else seems to.
  10. Watch a movie you haven’t seen since you were a kid. undefined
  11. Read a book in your genre
  12. Read a book outside your genre or age group
  13. 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!
  14. Read the first thing that comes up when you look up “free ebook”, or a randomly numbered one.
  15. Randomly generate a word. Read the first free ebook when you look up that word.
  16. Bake something
  17. Try an origami project
  18. Make a new recipe for dinner
  19. Read some really, really terrible fanfiction
  20. Make yourself a cup of tea. Really focus on it, let yourself do nothing but just enjoy it.
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What do you like to do when you need a calm-down?
How do you keep yourself sane in the querying process?

Please share in the comments!

One thought on “[Self-Care Month] 20 Things To Do When Your Work Is Out on Submission

  1. raimeygallant says:

    Hi November (great name)! I’ve been checking out your blog, and I think you would be a good fit for a monthly author blog hop that I run. The theme is learning and resources for authors, and a fair number of your posts would work really well. I started the hop three years ago as a way for authors to both learn from each other and gain traction on the web, because the hop is also about reciprocal commenting/liking, and we share one another’s posts on social media. Anyway, more info about the hop is below, and whether you join or not, I look forward to reading more of your posts! https://raimeygallant.com/2017/03/22/authortoolboxbloghop/


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