Nuts and bolts is a series on the details of being a writer and honing my craft. Today’s brief post may not seem directly about writing, but is still absolutely vital to the creative process.
This has been a strange week. I have exciting things going on and at the same time there’s some really hard stuff going on as well. I thought it would be a good time to go over some of my own coping skills.
Story Ideas – Conceptualizing stories is probably my favorite part of the writing process (before the more detailed planning stages). Coming up with scenes for a future story helps me process some of what has been going on in my own life.
Music – Usually when I’m wiped out, I head over to YouTube and start listening to new stuff. I’m always on the lookout for songs to add to my writing play list.
Fitness – I’ve been using fitness apps to make sure I’m taking care of myself (and to make me stop reaching for junk food when I’m feeling down).
Chopping the To-Do List – I am mindful of the time I have and typically start reprioritizing when I start feeling overwhelmed. I begin by focusing on what absolutely has to happen instead of all the things I want to happen.
Prayer & Meditation – Last but not least, prayer. I am a spiritual person and my prayers may not get quick answers, but there is a peace in realizing that I’m not in control of everything.