Every writer worth his or her salt knows they must keep their butt in the chair and write. However, it’s equally important to get your butt out of that chair.

Why?

You know that old adage about cooking while you’re in the midst of an argument? All that angry energy goes into the food. Well, the same applies to writing while you’re feeling depleted. You wind up with depleted prose.

Your creative brain is a muscle. Consider how athletes train. They push themselves – hard. Yet for optimum performance, muscles need recovery time. So athletes take days off training to rejuvenate their muscles.

Our creative muscles need breaks too. A change in focus replenishes those creative and intellectual synapses, priming you for another session.

Do you recognize when your mind muscle needs a rest?

Your body always tells you. The hard part is listening. When you push past those warning signs, your work suffers, your creative process flags, and – worst of all – you lose the joy of writing.

But what about all that work waiting to be done?

Here’s the good news: Self-care for writers takes only small snippets of time.

In fact, probably less time than you spend poking around on Facebook or perusing Pinterest.

Find out how at Lost Your Motivation To Write? How to Get Your Mojo Back.

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