12 Writing “Self Care” Strategies That Aren’t Traditional Self Care

These aren’t your typical self-care tips.

1. When you REALLY don’t feel like writing, try writing something anyway. See what happens.

2. Think of a story you really weren’t satisfied with. Now think of how you might have told it better. (This is just for your brain. You don’t have to share it with anyone. Especially not the author of the story you did not like. Please don’t do that. Why would you do that?)

3. Write a fanfiction story set in your favorite fandom’s universe. You know you want to.

4. Write a letter to someone from your past you don’t talk to anymore.

5. Work on something that’s just for you — something no one will ever see.

6. Write something quick that makes you happy. The content and quality don’t matter, it should just make you feel nice.

7. Write a story full of cliches you know aren’t great but do you know what DOES feel great? Telling a story and not worrying about it being perfect.

8. Write about an emotion you’re currently feeling. Take that where you will. Have fun!

9. Have you ever had a favorite character from a story you wrote — you know, the one you sort of like more than all the others but you’d never admit that out loud? Write a new story about them. Spend some time with them. It’s like hanging out with your BFF except they’re not real and you’re alone.

10. Start writing that story you’ve always wanted to write but have always been afraid to tell. DO IT! You don’t even have to finish it! Just start it!

11. STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS WRITING! Don’t know what that is? Just sit down, set a timer, and write write write! Doesn’t matter what! It’s going to be terrible! Keep writing anyway! Don’t stop until the timer says you can stop!

12. And when you’ve done some low stakes, not your best, probably maybe won’t ever look at it again writing, change into some comfy clothes. Order a pizza. Relax. You’ve earned it.

Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a staff writer with The Cheat Sheet, a freelance editor and writer, and a 10-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.

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