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How to Handle Stress as a Writer

Being that April is National Stress Management Awareness month, writers can take this time to find out which coping mechanisms work best when under a lot of stress. Whether it be deadlines, writer’s block or something going on in your personal life — writers need to find a way to handle their stress in healthy ways.


Below are some helpful tips on how to handle stress as a writer —

1. Designate one place that’s just for writing. Find your safe/creative place.

2. Give yourself enough time. aka avoid procrastination at all costs.

3. Take a power nap. Stress can come from being overworked and exhausted – take a quick power nap to jumpstart the writing process.

4. Exercise. 

5. Take a break. If all else fails, take a break and get your mind off of things. This is almost like pressing a Restart button on your brain.

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Obstacles to Overcome as a Writer

Each writer comes across some self-doubt along the way. Experienced or amateur, below is a list of obstacles that writers must overcome in order to create. Any of these ring a bell?

  • Doubt
  • Procrastination
  • Stress
  • Perfectionism
  • Laziness
  • Anger
  • Jealousy 

The only way to overcome is to face each of these obstacles head on. There is no short cut to get it done, but I can provide little tricks that will make it easier.

  • Utilize Every Minute. You need to take advantage of every spare moment you have to finish your book. There is never a right time to compose a novel. You will never have those extra minutes just looming around. You have to create during chaos. You have to make the time and effort in order for it happen.
  • Don’t Edit While You Write. Write when you feel inspired and don’t stop until you feel like you have gotten it all out. Once you get your thoughts spinning in your head you need to stop what you’re doing and write them down, even if it’s chicken scratch notes. You can always go back and edit later.
  • Use Google for Spelling. Google is much more up to date than Word.

If you want to write  a book, you can. But the first step is getting the words out. Just the idea of it can be overwhelming and stressful—which is why many people who want to write a book don’t. If you are new to writing or need help getting started, the full version of my book will provide you with some insight on how to make this seemingly impossible task, possible!

Richter Publishing also has packages where we can write the book for you to make it even easier! Contact us for more info. 

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