8 Addictive Habits of Happy Writers

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Good morning, my darling! Long time no see. I uh…got a little busy there for a few weeks. Had to dust a few cobwebs off the corners of the blog, but I’m so happy to be back! And with a brand new logo, I might add. Turns out I’ve picked up a new project as well, which you’ll be hearing more about very soon!

Now enough of my babbling. Today we’ll be talking about the Addictive Habits of Happy Writers!

Pause. What? Writers can be happy?

I joke, I joke. Of course they can. Despite the popularity of the tortured artist trope, most of us gravitate to Authors who are healthy and happy. Why? Because happiness is contagious. It’s addictive. It’s sexy. Of course everyone wants to be happy, but sometimes achieving “happiness” can feel like an endless climb. Here are 8 habits you can start trying today to make happiness a reality:

1. Learn Resilience

Being happy usually means not taking every little thing to heart. Resilience is something you must learn to master your happiness, because challenges are just part of life. Even happy people face hardship. When you fall down, dust yourself off, and get back up. Bandage up your wounds and let them scar. Get back on the horse.

Rejection is a humongous, gigantic, monumental part of being an author. You will experience some sort of rejection in writing, and in life, very frequently. It’s best to become friends with it now. Accept it. Swallow it. Take the advice, if the reject-er was nice enough to give it to you, and move it forward. Happiness is about moving on.

2. Share Your Passion With The People You Love

Happy writers don’t hide the thing that keeps their brains ticking. Share your craft with your family and friends. Tell them why you love it so much. Allow them to support you in it. Start a simple blog like this one and start screaming it from the rooftops: why do you love to write so much? In telling others, you’ll also remind yourself why you started in the first place.

3. Get Active

It’s scientifically proven that exercise makes you happy. I’m not saying you have to climb a mountain or sign up with a personal trainer. Simply taking a walk every day during your lunch break can release the same endorphins. Set a timer the next time you sit down for an extra long edit session. Get up and move around once or twice an hour at minimum. Being in a seated position for too long can effect your health in nasty, ugly ways. Your body is special and taking care of it should be your top priority.

4. Sleep More

That’s right, people. I’m telling you to get your sleep! Take naps! Getting the suggested 8 hours of sleep per night is vital for your physical and mental health. Without it your metabolism slows down, you’re cranky, less productive, and way less inspired. And that’s just scratching the surface. I know some of us are working on our novels in the tiny moments between day jobs and other responsibilities, and sometimes writing trumps sleep. I get it. But it may be time to prioritize your tasks in order to get your Zzz’s, especially if you’re feeling extra unmotivated lately. It’s a simple change you can make to get the most out of your day.

5. Set Goals

How else will you know you’ve accomplished anything? How will you make progress? It is vital for your happiness to set challenging, but reachable goals.

Believe it or not, there is a right way to set goals and a very wrong way. In order to set good goals, you’ll need to write them down. You’ll also need to set a deadline. Then, make a game plan. Tell yourself how exactly to reach it. I’m going to do something, by this date, and this is how I’m going to do it. Create baby steps for yourself to reach large milestones. Set yourself up for success. Make it impossible for you not to reach them, and you’ll feel happier for it.

6. Be Thankful

Take a short moment every day to be thankful for what you have, where you’ve been, and where you’re going.

“Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.” – William Feather

7. Read 

Escape into something once in a while. I know people tell you all the time that in order to be a great writer, you have to be a great reader too. While that’s completely true, reading is also has a plethora of other benefits for your mental health. RenewEverday.com says, “From keeping your memory sharp and enhancing your learning capacity to setting the stage for new activities and passions (i.e. thoughts become words become actions), reading is the ultimate brain exercise.” Besides the long term benefits, reading can help you relax, ease stress, and has even been proven to increase ethical and empathetic skills. 

8. Love Something Else

I have several hobbies that I can honestly say rank very high, if not on par with creative writing and blogging. For instance, I teach dance twice a week. I love horses, drawing, and playing video games. I have other outlets in my life that I can turn to when my writing hits a bump in the road, and that’s okay. You should love other things the way you love to write!

So, there you have it!

I hope you’ll start utilizing these tips right away, and start prioritizing your happiness. It’s easy to fall down the rabbit hole of the, “poor, tortured, coffee-addicted writer” but it’s so much easier on our hearts to be happy. And happiness does not come naturally, you have to pursue it. 

Make sure to follow me on Twitter if you plan on participating in Camp NaNoWriMo next month! You should expect to see many Wrimo-Related blog posts here and tons of tips and tricks from Twitter. I hope you’ll join me, even if you’re on the fence!

Happy writing! 

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  1. A very practical list! The brain just doesn’t work well if the body is screwed up.

    1. So true! Thanks for reading and commenting, I really appreciate it. 🙂

  2. Wow, all this time of following you on Twitter and I never knew you were a dance teacher! I was too for awhile! I actually majored in dance and expected that to be my career, but then writing took over and became my main squeeze. I’m like you in that I have a ton of other hobbies. I can’t imagine going through life and not having multiple interests – they make my life so much richer.

    You’re right that resilience is so important as a writer. We have to be comfortable with facing rejection over and over again and carrying on anyway. And not just that, but resilience in our own work! Persisting even when a story is frustrating, working through problems, pushing towards the end.

  3. Setting goals and having other outlets are coping skills I feel like get under appreciated. It’s good to be able to use your work to fuel yourself, but then if your work fails you, you have nothing. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Susi
    • September 29, 2016

    I am new to your site and love it! Thanks for all the good info!

    1. Thanks so much! 🙂

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