Judy Reeves posts “Ten Daily Habits that Make a Good Writer.” On an average day, I figure I hit five out of ten. Not bad. Not great, but not bad.
1. I eat a fairly healthy diet. Most days start with fresh green juice made in my juicer. I eat fruits and/or veggies at every meal. Not much junk food. Rarely fast food. I do find that if I find myself indulging in more sugar or wine than usual, it can usually be traced back to not writing. It’s a chicken and the egg kind of thing though. Do I not write because I have been eating crap or am I eating crap because I am not writing?
2. I workout most days. A good, hard get-those-endorphins-flowing workout. And when if I don’t I feel sluggish, both mentally and physically.
3. I could probably use some more laughter in my life. I would say I laugh daily, but I’m not sure it’s always that deep belly laughter. I do have to say that our sweet dog has brought more joy, if not daily doses of laughter into our house.
4. I read. A lot. More than a book a week on average throughout any given year. Sometimes I think I read too much, hiding behind other people’s words rather than writing my own. I would like to read more classics.
5. I absolutely agree with this tip of experiencing other art forms. I just fail to follow it on any kind of regular basis. I’d like to do more collage, keep an art journal, play with photography and digital editing. I’d really love to play the piano.
6. When I take the time to meditate and/or do yoga each morning, i start my day feeling more grounded, more connected which gives me more of a grounded connection to my creativity.
7. I tried to pay attention through my three observations. I found that I don’t like sharing them online. I’d prefer to keep a small journal with me at all times which would encourage me to pay attention throughout my day.
8. Giving back is something I am working on this year. In fact, a book just came in the mail the other day called “The Generosity Plan.”
9. Blogs have made it so much easier to connect to other writers and artists on a daily basis.
10. I write most days.
One thing I would add is sleep. Sleep is crucial to our well-being and ability to focus. I usually get seven to eight hours during the week and eight to nine on the weekend.
Writing is demanding work. Physically, mentally and emotionally. We need to take care of our writer selves so that we are able to write from our best selves.
How about you? How do you take care of your writer self? Please leave a comment or post to your own blog and leave a link in the comments. I’d love to get a real “salon” type discussion going.