(Monday morning style)
This is where I post a QUICK WRITING TIP. A writing skill everyone should know. Whether it be technical or creative, useful or not, I'm gonna give it to you! You're gonna be singing the LL Cool J song, "Doin' It."
Okay, maybe not. Here's the Quickie for today:
FIND POSITIVE DISTRACTIONS!!!
Whether you are:
- needing a break from a WIP
- waiting on feedback from CP's
- sending in a R&R
- submitting to independent presses
- on submission to editors
- in the process of contract negotiations
- waiting for your cover to be finalized
- desperate for your publication date to come
- hanging on for first reviews to come
My favorite way to find my Zen-filled patience zone is simple: Distraction (and lots of it). Here are some of my favorite distractions:
- Exercise--it releases endorphins in my brain and helps me feel better about myself. It helps remind me that even though I am not always in control of what happens to my manuscript, I am in control of my own body. I can focus on becoming physically stronger, healthier, and more active with my family. I go on several bike rides a week with my kids.
- Baths--I fill my big ol' tub up with lavender-scented Epsom salts and read for hours. I am transported to a place where the only concerns I have are for the characters in the stories.
- Netflix--there are so many good series on Netflix. I have to be careful with this one because it can be incredibly addicting, but I've really gotten into VAMPIRE DIARIES, DOWNTON ABBEY, and WALKING DEAD. And honestly, because these stories are so well told, I totally consider it research. :)
- Writing--after all, isn't this the basis of why we are even on this publication journey? Because we love to write. We enjoy flexing our creative muscles. We live for those moments of inspiration when a character comes alive for us.
- Family time--whether it be date night with Mr. Humphries, taking one of my girls shopping, or sitting down at the dinner table to catch up, all of this is supremely helpful in taking my mind off of the waiting game.