As you’ll know if you follow me on social media I’ve spent my summer editing as part of Write Mentor. In July I was paired up with the incomparable Aisha Bushby (author of ‘A Pocketful of Stars’, Egmont UK) and she’s been working me hard. My book is a thousand times better for it, but editing certainly takes its toll. So, here are my top 5 ways to stay sane while editing.
1. Go outside.
I know it’s cliche, but there really is something in the ‘spend time in nature’ advice often given by the types of people who meditate and eat kale. I have a dog, and a collie at that, so going outside isn’t an option. Either I walk him or I live to regret it when the zoomies arrive. However, I always feel better when I return. Even on rainy days like today.
2. Find writer friends.
You don’t have to do this alone. Finding friends who are suffering in the same way is a lifesaver. Purely because it’s so nice to be understood and have people cheering you on. Twitter is the perfect place for finding writer friends (try out #UKYAChat Fridays at 8pm for example) or the NaNoWriMo community if you’re still drafting. Not to mention joining local writer groups. The real world does exist for writers, go join it!
3. Plan breaks.
Set goals and when you achieve them STEP AWAY from the screen. Breaks don’t have to be expensive, we can’t all afford to jet off to Malibu when we’re tired, but they should get you away from your editing. Read someone else’s book, go for a walk (see point 1), grab a cuppa with a friend, literally anything you enjoy that isn’t writing (and is legal, obvs).
4. Work, damn it.
Do. The. Work. Don’t take breaks if you’ve not met that goal. Do the work then reap the rewards. Trust me, you’ll feel far less stressed at the end of the day if you’re actually getting shit done. I know you don’t want to, but it only gets done one way. Sit your arse down and do it. (She says, procrastinating by writing this post…)
This doesn’t need explaining. EAT ALL THE SNACKS! Deal with the consequences later. Editing is hard. Eating is fun. The end.