Friday, December 4, 2015

Self-care for Writers (Part 7 of 11)

One writer friend rarely gets invited to dinner because he doesn’t want to talk about anything but writing. Nothing is wrong with the topic—except that’s the extent of his interests.

Because you’re a writer doesn’t mean you have to know everything, but the best writers are curious people. They want to increase their knowledge. They ask questions. They extend themselves—even if it takes effort to reach out.

Here are a few ideas to enhance your own self-caring and avoid too much isolation.

* Join professional groups. Writers clubs are a good place to start, but expand that to civic groups or public service organizations. Take along your business cards (and because you’re a professional writer, you always carry them). Pass them out and express interest in networking or connecting.

* Join nonprofessional groups. By that, I mean an exercise group at your church, square-dance or ballroom dance classes. Mix with people who have other interests.

* Make online friends. Establish good relationships with people in your field and those who live in other parts of the country or overseas.

* Eat lunch out at least once a week. Most of my out-of-the-house meals are with nonwriters. I meet with people whom I like but who have interests and occupations outside of publishing.

In short, don’t do everything alone. Developing or renewing relationships not only brings new insights, but also works as a powerful, natural medication against depression.

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