Thursday, July 21, 2011

On taking things in stride

I am not a laid back person by any means. I enjoy relaxing and there are days when it's better to flop on the couch than to anything. But when it comes to my writing, I'm very much the push-push-push type of gal.

Writing is not an industry where push actually works. It takes a long time for things to manifest. You write the book. Finished! But THE END is only the beginning in this long trip.

By taking things in stride, by not trying to change the unchangeable, it makes for a healthier, happier, and more productive work strategy. And life. Because let's face it, somethings (and people) can't be changed.

So as you're working on your next book while you wait for word on that one you just finished, remember: Sure, it's better to have another offering to agents/publishers/readers but it's better to step back, take a deep breath, and remember you're only in control of so much.


Nicole McCaffrey said...

Great point, Isabel. I think all writers wish for more hours in the day to work at their craft, but I'm a big believer in taking some down time to refill the ol' well now and then.

Isabel Roman said...

I agree, refilling is so important! :) That and sleeping in.

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