Tuesday, January 5, 2016

23 Things You Can Do for Your Writing Self—and Who Won the Haiku Gift Card

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

There are a lot of things about being a writer that are hard. And there are a lot of ways we make it even harder on ourselves. So today, I’d like to remind you—and me—of ways to be a little bit kinder on ourselves.

1. Instead of putting yourself down, build yourself up.

2. Choose to be optimistic.

3. Pray First

4. Be patient, writing is a process and takes time.

5. Invest in your dream—financially and otherwise.

6. Find a tribe—don’t try to do this alone.

7. Remember why you write.

8. Be courageous.

9. Choose joy.

10. Remember that failure isn’t always a bad thing.

11. Be flexible.

12. Give others the benefit of the doubt.

13. Eat healthy.

14. Take a chance and hit send.

15. Make time to write a priority.

16. Take a walk—exercise regularly.

17. Don’t beat yourself up when you fall short.

18. Invest in other writers—we all have those who aren’t quite where we are.

19. Give yourself the gift of a reasonable writing schedule.

20. Have a dedicated workspace.

21. When you hit a roadblock, go around it, don’t stop.

22. Encourage other writers.

23. Sometimes, write just for the fun of it.

I’d love for you to add to today’s list. Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Don’t forget to join the conversation!


Before I sign off today, I want to thank you all again for participating in the Haiku challenge. I absolutely LOVED reading all of them. You are such an inspiration! I wish I could award a gift card to every single one of them, but I can’t.

I put everyone’s name in a hat and drew the winner at random.

Congratulations, Vonda Skelton!

Be sure to contact me by email ediegmelson (at) gmail (dot) com so I can send you your $15 Amazon gift card.


  1. Congrats Vonda! Edie, Thank you for this list. I am working on a designated work space. I have been working at the kitchen table. Too much foot traffic and people wanting my attention. I am taking over my son's desk while he is at school. We share a house with my sister so free space is non existent :). One thing that I would add, something you and other great writers suggest, read more. The better the reader the better the writer. Have a blessed day.

    1. Thanks, Cherrilynn! What a blessing!

    2. Cherrilynn, that's a great addition! Thanks for sharing, Blessings, E

  2. Writing out my goals for this year and you last two posts have helped me set some realistic steps to take toward the end goal. Thanks Edie.

    1. Lillian, I would add that too - write out your goals! Thanks for adding to the list. Blessings, E

  3. Edie, Thanks for this positive reminder to start the new year. I loved number 21, "If you hit a roadblock, go around it. Don't stop." What a great visual! If you were driving somewhere and came to a roadblock, would you turn around and go back home, never to reach your destination? Of course not! You find a way to get around it. I hope to remember this when I hit those inevitable writing roadblocks.

    1. Marilyn, thanks. I'm glad I could encourage you! Blessings, E

  4. Wow, a double whammy of blessing today--23 great tips AND an Amazon gift card! Thanks, Edie!

  5. Yeah, Vonda! Congrats. :) I tried choosing one out of the twenty-three things to highlight here but honestly, they all speak to me. Great timing, Edie. Thanks for sharing these insights.

    1. Cathy, I could have included another one - draw inspiration from other writers. You are a writer who inspires me! Blessings, E

  6. I love your blog Scripture."Extract the precious from the worthless." To be God's spokesperson, we must focus on the precious - His Word, His Presence, and His power flowing into and through us. Jeremiah 15:19 is a great focus for 2016. Love the tips! Thanks Edie!

    1. Melanie, thanks so much for stopping by and taking time to comment! Blessings, E

  7. Congrats, Vonda! =)

    These are great tips, Edie. It can be easy to forget about some of these from time-to-time, but it's crucial to take care of our "writerly health" if we hope to continue producing quality content. Thanks for these reminders! Perfect for the new year. =)


    1. Tessa, it is easy to neglect our writerly health, but it is important! Blessings, E