Yes, my writing supports me financially and quite well now that I’ve learned how to ask for what I’m worth.
This morning, however, I got to thinking about what I do to make sure I can keep writing and enjoy it as well as profit from it.
The ways I support my writing include:
- Good food – more and more organic and more and more vegies in my case. I often shop our local farmer’s market.
- Plenty of water every day – when I get to writing it’s easy to overlook.
- Regular chiropractic support – I’ve got some carpel tunnel and working with good chiropractors has kept me writing and out of surgery, and also taught me carpel tunnel starts in the neck! Who knew?
- Regular exercise – I walk, I also work out at the gym down the street.
- Daily stretching – well, daily is the goal. I go through periods when I don’t and always feel it. My stretches are an eclectic mix of yoga, tai chi, and who knows what.
- Demand reasonable deadlines from clients. If you want it in a hurry you’ll pay more if I even agree to do it.
- Maintain written goals, in my case combined with my calendar. Having both on the computer where I can keep track of what I’m doing makes a huge difference for me.
- Savings account with three month’s expenses – I’m not quite there, but even with a couple of months saved I feel saner than when I don’t have it. Savings also strengthens my hand when I negotiate.
- Only 20 hours of writing a week. Four hours of writing a day is about all I can do, and I do that only five days a week, sometimes four. Any more on any day ruins me for the next.
- A cat! I can’t prove that MzTiz is good for my writing, but I know darn well she is.
- A garden. I need to get outside often and a garden helps me do that.
- Clay – I work with clay for a couple of hours almost every week at Studio 6 in San Diego’s delightful Balboa Park. I’m about to try some Chinese brush painting. Something creative that isn’t writing seems to spark my writing mind.
- Kayaking when the weather is warm – with a Meetup Group from launching from Aqua Adventures in San Diego’s Mission Bay.
- Meditate – actually I read something spiritual then meditate – total process about 30-40 minutes six days a week.
- Time with friends and time with family – this is probably what keeps me reasonably sane and often informed about what’s going on in the world.
Whew – that’s more than I expected.
Image from http://www.sxc.hu but it sure looks like MzTiz 😉