When Your Writing Wounds Scab Over

Over the past year, I’ve done a lot of writing. Some of it good, a lot of it bad. I was handling the nausea-inducing stress of my first year of law school alongside a writing schedule that (in hindsight) was neurotic.

When exams finally ended, I knew another deadline was looming. But I knew that if I kept pushing myself at the same breakneck speed, something was going to give. Thankfully, my agent and editor are kindness incarnate and let me push the deadline by one more week. And so, for three GLORIOUS days, I didn’t write a damn thing. I slept in. I ate. I putzed around the house bothering my dog and wailing for food. I rested my useless wrists and I started & finished reading 2 books!

And now, when I’m looking at my draft again, I feel happy. And inspired.

I’m envious of the people who write full time, but I don’t think I could. My mind needs to be panicked and splintered in 500 directions or else I lack all sense of urgency and accomplish nothing. Then again, sometimes I just need to step away from the laptop (“Coach Carr, step away from the underaged girls!”) and sleeeeeeeeep.

For those interested, the two books I read this weekend were:

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

and

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I really enjoyed both reads and highly recommend that you check them out.

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