In 2022 I want to focus on becoming a kind writer, I mean kind to myself.
When I first set out to become a professional writer I read all the hustle culture articles. I believed that I had to write every day, pushing myself into a position where I began to hate writing. No wonder so many of us burn out when we are pushed unsustainable writing habits. Don’t get me wrong writing every day does work for some people. It doesn’t work for me or many other writers I know.
This year I’m changing my focus. I already started making my writing routine kinder in 2021. I did this by creating a sustainable publishing routine. I’ve got that nailed down so my goal for 2022 is to push that kindness into other areas of my writing life.
Outside of articles, I’m also working on building a writing business. Along with writing a novel, a poetry collection and getting a master’s degree. That might sound like a lot but the way I manage my workload is with kindness at the forefront.
So what does kindness look like to me?
Kindness looks like getting ahead of my workload so that I can take time off when I need it. In 2022 I didn’t have any holidays built into my routine, so I ended up getting overwhelmed when life happened. I only got back into a consistent publishing schedule late in 2021, so I don’t to repeat that.
My goal is to build a sustainable writing habit that has breaks, sick days and holidays built into it. That means publishing less than I can write. Along with not working a forty-hour workweek and giving myself a break when I am overwhelmed.
I want my writing habit to last a lifetime. It’s not a sprint it’s a marathon so I’m going to have a few more water breaks.
I want to encourage you to implement kindness into your writing routine. It doesn’t have to be any particular type, so long as it is something you will appreciate.
Don’t worry if something you want to change about your writing habit doesn’t immediately come to mind. Try to figure out what you could change about your current writing routine. Perhaps it’s building in extra time for a stressful part of your writing process. It might be finding someone to work with during lonely writing hours. There are endless ways to be kinder to yourself.
Put in place one or two things that will make your writing routine more sustainable.
As always, I cannot wait to see you on the bookshelf!