Looking After Yourself

Let’s face it, writers abuse themselves. They sit in front of a computer for countless hours. They sit up half the night then can’t sleep because the scenes continue playing in their head. When they fall asleep, they don’t stay asleep for the number of hours that is healthy – instead they wake up in the middle of the night and have to write that one scene they’ve been having trouble with for days. And…they forget there’s a thing called “outdoors”.

Do you have dark rings under your eyes? Can you remember what it feels like to have the sun on your face?

Writers can’t help themselves, they want to write, they have to write but this weekend do yourself a favour…go outside and experience life for a change. Get into the habit of going to bed at a reasonable time so that you get plenty of sleep. Eat regular meals and exercise. Hmmm, considering my circumstances, that last one is a dodgy one. I’ll change that to exercise to your capabilities, don’t over do it. Actually, walking is a great way to get some exercise and some fresh air at the same time.

Whatever you decide to do, remember that the computer isn’t everything in your life…or it shouldn’t be. Develop good living habits and your mind will be better equipped to develop better writing habits.

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