Wednesday, December 11, 2013

12/11/2013 Writing Wednesday!

Hello everyone and welcome back. I hope the week has been nice to you so far. Mine has been a whirlwind of everything that I am SUPER done with and yet it's only Wednesday so that isn't an option for me. I am going back to work today though (basically took Monday and yesterday off) even though my stomach is still a twisted ball of stress pain with the hopes that having time to not think about everything will be a good time. For now though, I'll get to something that I'm sure you all care about significantly more.

We are roughly halfway through December, which is always a fun time I suppose, though I'm sure there are a lot of you out there trying to balance writing and the holiday season. Never fear, for this is a joyous time and just like with NaNoWriMo, pacing and scheduling will be your friend. There's no reason that you need to stress over one thing or another, unless you have some kind of deadline that's coming up, then by all means, carry on and don't let me stop you. Just also remember that we're all human and by that logic hopefully also reasonable and understanding individuals.

Now admittedly any deadline that I have given myself I can do so because I don't work at the mercy of an agent or a contract telling me what I have to do and when. I know there are people out there that don't have that option. This is where that scheduling thing I mentioned before comes in handy. Work out your day so that you have a designated time to do your writing, and to do whatever else it is you do. This will help lower you stress levels significantly and you will find it comforting too, mostly because of that little routine thing your brain likes so much. Also, just like with NaNoWriMo, talk to your family and loved ones about what you're doing, they will seriously understand what you're doing and why it seems like you're going crazy and tearing your hair out.

This time of year is hard on all of us, whether you're taking a break after NaNoWriMo so that your hands don't seriously decide to sever themselves from your body and wander off to live a painless life, or you've jumped right back into things and are editing the crap out of stuff or are writing a whole new story. You have to work that around holiday planning, shopping, people, working, and all bunches of other stuff. It's hard, so don't take it out yourself. Make sure to make time to rest because come a couple weeks from now you are really going to need it.

Thanks a bunch for stopping by today. Hopefully I'll be back on Friday if things don't continually implode. I hope this week is nice to all of you. Have a great rest of it!

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