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Creativity coach, writing and creative process instructor, speaker, author of Around the Writer's Block: Using Brain Science to Write the Way You Want (Penguin/Tarcher 2012) and Dancing in the Dragon's Den (Red Wheel Weiser), Teaching Artist at the Loft Literary Center.

Writer’s Self-care In the Time of Pandemic: Reserve Your Creative Time for What Only You Can Do

You need to write what only you can write. Of course other people write the same kinds of things you write, but your unique perspective means no one else can write a piece the way you will. Your voice matters.

Even in the best of times, we need to practice Self-care to keep our creative brain at optimum. Now, in the time of pandemic, it is impossible to reclaim and sustain our mental, physical and emotional well-being without paying conscious and regular attention to caring for ourselves.

If the concept of Self-care is new to you, you’ll find comprehensive information in Chapter 4 of Around the Writer’s Block and in the slew of posts I’ve written (Self-care summary and links to the slew).

Even those of us familiar with the concept need a reminder from time to time.

I just read a post that reminded me of the need to challenge my brain, then reviewed pretty much everything I would write to remind you — so instead of reinventing the proverbial wheel…

I’ll send you to the article itself: 30 Days to a Smarter Brain.

This is not only a brilliant idea, it’s a creative win-win. You get excellent suggestions (based on brain research) to keep yourself at your creative best so you can keep writing what only you can write and I’m back to playing with and working on my novel, which only I can write.

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5 Comments on “Writer’s Self-care In the Time of Pandemic: Reserve Your Creative Time for What Only You Can Do”

  1. kperrymn September 15, 2020 at 7:58 am #

    This is great. So many writers I’ve talked to recently say that they are having a tough time writing in this climate–there’s the pandemic, the election, the baring and facing of social inequities–so many worries on so many levels. This piece reminds us that there are steps to take to reclaim our best intellectual and creative selves so that we can do our part for our communities, and so that we can write. Thanks for the links to other resources.I am definitely going to bookmark this post!


    • rosannebane September 17, 2020 at 5:56 pm #

      Thanks Katy! BTW: I’m teaching the Writing Habit via Zoom at the Loft starting in October in case you know someone who benefit.


  2. ayalah67 September 11, 2020 at 12:34 pm #




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