This month of daily writing advice will include tidbits, tips, and sometimes tricks. This isn’t a replacement for editing or book coaching, it’s meant as a jumping off point for exploration and thought! I hope it helps! ~Amy
When Writing is Taxing
I love my jobs as an author, editor, and writing coach. Oh, and workshop instructor.
But when I was under deadline to finish my manuscript by April 1 (a good problem to have) I worked 10 hours a day usually 7 days a week for three months. I had a lot to do and not a helluva lotta time.
Now I’m diving into edits for and I have 28 more days for my first round.
So what kind of advice do I have that I try to follow myself?
Take breaks. That’s right. To move forward sometimes you have to STOP.
When I was deep in the writing process, I programmed my Alexa device to remind me every hour to take a ten minute break. Did I always do it? Nope! But sometimes I did and it was more often than I would have without the reminders.
My situation may be unusual. I live only with my dog Mitzi, so while I do have to walk her she’s not a spouse or a child. Those walks are longer than a 14 year old dog’s, if memory serves. 😉
I’ve decided to add breaks into my editing schedule as well — that seems like a good idea since I go into a screen-induced trance when I’m spiffing up The Last Bathing Beauty.
I also went to breakfast with friends today, though to be honest, I usually don’t make plans when I am staring down a deadline.
How about you? What’s your advice for busy writing times?
SEE YOU TOMORROW!