This year I’m blogging my book De-Stress Your Writing Life, and I’ve done my best to post a chunk of it here every Friday. But at the moment I’m battling a viral infection that is not only refusing to relinquish it’s killer hold on my throat, but has also caused a flare up of my chronic fatigue. So for the sake of my health I’m not pushing myself to write until the flu symptoms have passed.
Instead, I’m going to compile a list of the De-Stress Your Writing Life posts we’ve had so far and the headings covered. Firstly, here is the post where I announced the book and my blogging plans.
The blue headings are hyperlinks to the posts. The bullet points under the hyperlink show the headings within that post.
- Where Does Writing Stress Come From?
- How This Book Works
Is This the Right Book for You?
- Who This Book is Not For
- Who This Book is For
Section Introduction: Mindset
Chapter 1. A Writer is a Person Who Writes
- I Put Words Together, Therefore I am a Writer
- You’re Never Too Young to Write
- You’re Never Too Old to Write
- You Don’t Have to be an Expert in Anything
- You Don’t Have to be a Recluse
- You Don’t Have to be a Coffee Addict
- Not All Writers Are Weird
Chapter 2. Living Life as a Writer
- The Bubbling of Words
- Life Feeds Your Writing
- Embracing Details
- Noticing Themes Around You
- Writing Feeds Your Life
- Choosing Adventure
- Taking the Writer’s Journey
- Understanding the Possibilities of a Writer’s Life
Chapter 3. The Independent Writer
- Finding the Right Fit for You
- Avoiding Self-Defeating Thoughts
- Capturing Negative Thoughts
- Refuting Negative Thoughts
- Taking Control of Your Writing Life
- Writing For Beauty, Not Perfection
- Process Oriented Rather Than Product Oriented
- Factors Beyond Your Control
- How to Cope
- Don’t ‘Should’ Yourself
- Redirect Your Energies
- Write ‘Inwards’ Instead of ‘Outwards’
- Record What You Have Accomplished
- Look Forwards and Continually Re-Evaluate
Chapter 4. Discovering Your Writing Fears and Barriers
- Defining Your Fear
- Fear of Starting
- Fear of Getting Something Wrong
- Fear of Failure
- Fear of the Writer Stigma
- Fear of Committing
- Fear of Criticism
- Fear of Being Called a Fraud
- Fear of Losing Your Creative Edge
- Fear of Success
- Fear of Not Being Able to Reproduce Success
- Fear of the Unknown
- Believing You Can Please Everyone
- Believing You Need to Fit a Type/Mold
- Believing You’ll Never Make a Difference
- Creating a Rescue Plan
- Step 1: Identify Warning Signs
- Step 2: Get the Problem Down on Paper
- Step 3: Find a Solution
Chapter 5. Taking Control of Your Mindset
- Fill Your Emotional Needs
- Fill Your Emotional Needs
- Write a Personalized Pep Talk
- Identify Your Biggest Problem
- Decide What You Need to Hear
- Write Your Pep Talk
- Refer to Your Pep Talk Regularly
- What True Balance Means
Do you have a favourite post so far? What other topics would you like to see covered in this series?
My writing is my living and thanks to this flu some of my release deadlines are looming large and will probably have to be rescheduled. But I know how much some of you have enjoyed these posts and benefited from the suggestions, so I want to keep writing them for you.
If you’ve found the above helpful, please either send the information on to a fellow writer you feel would benefit or leave a little donation in the kitty to help things along.
Everyone who donates will receive a free electronic copy of the book once it has reached completion.
Thanks for dropping by.