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Self Care and Good Habits For Writers: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt

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Paul Anthony Shortt

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It can be easy to wear yourself out in this business. Writing takes a mental toll, and requires a large investment of time and energy. Added to that, it’s a slow business. Writing a single book can take several months to a year, and if you’re going for the self-publishing route, the wait for release can be another year or more.

Self-care takes a variety of forms, from mental health to physical well-being. So here’s a selection of links to help you stay healthy as you work on your latest project.

1: Self-Care for Writers – Chuck Wendig kicks us off with his self-care advice for authors. These are some great, easy, tips on things from avoiding stressful media to removing shame of yourself.

2: Too Tired to Write – This article provides some simple day to day advice on keeping yourself not only focused, but energised and mentally able to get the work done.

3: Why Writers Need to Maintain Their Mental Health – Health Writer Hub’s article focuses on the mental health side of things, which is often overlooked in today’s busy world.

4: Health Tips for Writers Who Don’t Get Enough Exercise – Mental health isn’t the only thing to consider. Writing is a sedentary activity, and it’s easy to overlook your physical health when you’re in the zone.

5: Morning Routine – Routine and habits are excellent for providing peace of mind. Human beings find comfort in the familiar, and if you can work your writing into a familiar pattern, where you know how much work you’ll get done each day, you will feel more self-assured and stress-free. Jeff Goins gives an example here of his morning routine, but you can use this as a guide to create your own daily habits.

Good luck, and take care of yourselves!

(c) Paul Anthony Shortt

About the author

Paul Anthony Shortt believes in magic and monsters; in ghosts and fairies, the creatures that lurk under the bed and inside the closet. The things that live in the dark, and the heroes who stand against them. Above all, he believes that stories have the power to change the world, and the most important stories are the ones which show that monsters can be beaten.
Paul’s work includes the Memory Wars Trilogy and the Lady Raven Series. His short fiction has appeared in the Amazon #1 bestselling anthology, Sojourn Volume 2.

Website: http://www.paulanthonyshortt.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pashortt

Twitter: @PAShortt
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