The Stress and Pressure of Writing

Happy Friday, Eagles!

Have you ever tried to beat a deadline that loomed over your head? Or have you had other things to come up during the time that you were supposed to be writing. How about having to be somewhere for work, but you didn’t know about it until the last minute. And on top of that, you thought you left your laptop in the car, and it had possibly been stolen, only to find out you left it at work. And now it’s 9:00 P.M., by now you should be in bed having already written the set word count for you novel manuscript and written your weekly blog, that was supposed to be written on Tuesday night, but you just started writing now! We have all been there. I’m there right now.
Sometimes writing is easy and all of the stars align. There is the right flow. The set time is not interrupted. You are able to meet your word count goal and finish your blog post with ease. However, this is not always the case. This when we have to learn to be patient with ourselves. Below I have a list of things that we can do to regroup and get our writing back on track before we get to the point of no return. No return could mean putting off your book and taking a staycation from your blog. Which in some cases you may want to do depending on the situation.

*Whatever you do, don’t quit. A break is not quitting as long you come back from the break.

*Know yourself. If you miss a deadline decide ahead of time what should happen. Is it possible to write at a later time? Changing your schedule around to catch up is an option you may consider.

*Try writing ahead of schedule if you are planning a vacation, or if you know that something is coming up that will make you miss your writing time/times.

*Don’t beat yourself up. Just keep it moving. Beating yourself up just adds more pressure.

*Try a little self-care. Run a hot bubble bath to take a break and start again later.

*Last, but not least, go back to the first thing I said. Whatever you do, don’t quit.

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