I am learning how to show my writer-self some love every day, not just on Valentine’s Day.
My Writer-Self works hard. She struggles with rejection, with doubts, anxiety. She is constantly honing her craft through intense reading and writing. Even when she isn’t writing, she is thinking about writing. Every experience that crosses her consciousness becomes fodder for her work.
She battles with my inner mean girl and harsh critic constantly so she definitely deserves some love.
Here is what I do:
I’ve created a writing sanctuary. It is a room of my own that when I enter my writer-self sighs with relief. Ah, I am home she says.
I get enough sleep because a tired writer-self is not creative or productive.
I move my body because a cranky body makes for a cranky writer.
I treat her to hot chocolate or chai tea at the local bookstore at her favorite table.
I read books that nourish her heart, mind and soul.
I slow down because life is lived, experienced and written about in the details.
I meditate because a calm mind has room to wander and explore.
I buy colorful pens because she loves to spill colored ink onto page and after page. It makes her heart happy.
I buy beautiful journals because her words are worth it.
I commit time to daily writing because she requires daily attention. It tells her I am serious. It shows her how devoted I am to her.
How do you how your writer-self some love?