Thursday, March 31, 2011

Blog Chain - It's All About Me ;-)



My turn on the blog chain today and the hilarious Cole wants to know:

How about you? What hobbies, tips, or techniques do you have for 
keeping your writerly battery charged? 

Ahhh such an awesome question. Writing is a tough job. There are lots of highs and lows and many, many hours of just plain hard work. It's easy to get burned out. It's easy to get bummed when someone else seems to be more successful than you. It's easy to get overwhelmed with blogs, and tweets, and Facebook posts, and on and on and on.

So, when I get too bogged down in it all, I stop. I stay away from my computer. I get outside and breathe real, fresh air. I watch movies (mostly comedies because nothing makes me feel better than a good laugh) and read books and maybe write, but I stay away from the internet. Aside from emails and posting on my own blog.

I think it's good to just take a step back and refocus. Get back in tune with what is really important to me. Remember my goals, remember my successes. Basically, I go totally self-centered and just focus on ME ME ME. :)

It's good to do that every now and then.

How about you? What do you do to recharge?

Be sure to stop by Eric's to see his awesome Irish Hobby Song response from yesterday, and make sure to hit Margie's tomorrow to see how she handles the writer blues. To start at the beginning of the chain, don't miss Cole's hilarious break up letter with the internet :D

13 comments:

Carole Anne Carr said...

Interesting to learn about you, Michelle, I always like finding out about fellow bloggers. How do I recharge? A daily visit to the gym! A great anti-dote to the computer..

Michelle H. said...

I totally agree with this post. It seems like a selfish attitude, but just focusing on yourself can really recharge the writerly battery.

It's all about ME, baby!! :)

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

It's hard sometimes to claim a few minutes for yourself when the outside world places so many demands on you, but it's vital for your sanity. We have to assert our own needs from time to time. Thanks for the reminder.

Stephanie McGee said...

I live life when I need a recharge. Hang out with friends, watch a movie, read a book, anything and everything that I enjoy. That could include photography, golfing, cooking a yummy meal, or just taking a snooze.

Cheree said...

I agree, giving a few minutes of "me" time really helps. I go to the movies or start playing the guitar to recharge. Just as long as there's no one else to disturb my thoughts.

Jan Markley said...

I agree, taking a break is one of the best things you can do. Then you can enjoy other parts of life for a while which will recharge your writing batteries.

Christine Fonseca said...

Ah yes, recharging - so very important!

Eric said...

Nothin' wrong with a little ME time! And yes, there are times when we can get so overwhelmed that we need a breather. Thanks for the kind words on my post. I'm just glad you enjoyed it :)

Sarah Bromley said...

I think it's crucial to have some YOU time. When you think about how much of ourselves we pour into our writing, it's easy to understand that sometimes we wind up tapped out and need time to refill.

lbdiamond said...

Taking a break is a great idea--I use it frequently, LOL!

Abby Annis said...

Undistracted time alone is like a mini-vacation for me. Great post! :)

Kate Karyus Quinn said...

Oooh, I love those self-centered Me Me Me moments:)

Cole Gibsen said...

I completely agree. Sometimes I think everyone needs a "me" day!