Having a holiday was lovely. Okay, I didn’t go anywhere, but I did what I wanted when I wanted, and didn’t do anything writing work related. Mostly...
Anyways, yesterday was my first day back at writing. The week off gave me some mental rest. The last few weeks before publishing can be mentally intense, making sure the cover is ready and the editing is done. Formatting, getting the manuscript into the system, and more, every step needs to be accounted for.
Now the writing is flowing easily again and I feel less stress. As modern writers, we need to watch for things like burnout, since there’s so much more we need to know. If we self-publish, we have even more to keep an eye on. It’s important to never lose sight of why we write. I write because I love it.
All my current projects are in the first draft stage right now. There’s something almost magical about the first draft stage, where anything could happen. My first draft looks almost like a stage play booklet, with dialogue and general directions, and maybe rough descriptions about what will happen. The detail comes in future drafts. No, the first draft is all about picking a plot and story elements I can’t wait to read/write about in more detail later. I don’t know who first said it, but it’s my mantra now - “write the book you want to read.”
The one hard thing about coming back from my vacation is catching up on things like social media and getting the rest of my life back in something like a schedule. There’s no need to jump into things. I can ease myself in slowly. That’s the advantage of writing being my main focus, is my schedule is flexible.
So: -remember why you write, -keep an eye on your energy levels, -eat well and prioritize sleep so you have the best shot at writing well. Now go write something fun that you enjoy!
I’ve been writing stories for myself for years. Now, I’m a published author. No genre is off limits, though I have some favorites.