Writing, Deadlines and Stress
I see a lot of writers talking about deadlines and stress. In fact, I see and hear a lot of people admitting to feeling stressed in general, so I thought we’d talk about that for a minute.
I don’t mind deadlines personally. They give me a date to finish something, which is good. Otherwise I might take forever. One way I deal with deadlines is that I break the work up into chunks. If I want to write a book in 8 weeks, and it’s 55,000 words, I just pull out my calculator. That’s almost 7,000 words a week. Okay. That’s do-able.
But say I want a week of vacation, or I know a family member is going to have surgery. Then I might plan for that. I give myself more time if possible–10 weeks would mean no stress over those things. Or I can increase how much I work each week, which I’d rather not do. I’ve had frozen shoulder syndrome before. It’s not fun.
The other way that I deal with stress is by turning things off–you know, the computer. The internet. The notifications on my phone. I turn them off, and then I spend at least an hour every day knitting and listening to an audio book.
That hour really helps me to unwind. It improves my attitude too. I was knitting at a Starbucks while we were waiting on a family member to have 3 MRIs. It really helped to keep me calm about the entire situation.
So what do you do to unwind? What helps you handle stress? It’s different for everyone, I understand that. I’m really interested in hearing your ideas. And who knows? You just might be offering someone a way to cope with stress that they hadn’t thought of.
Comment below with your Stress-Busters. At the end of the month, I’ll randomly choose 3 people from the comments section to win a $10 Amazon gift certificate.