Balance for Writers

(This is a bit of a departure for me.  I usually only review books because I figure that's what you, my beloved reader, is interested in.  But I thought it might be kind of fun to feature something different here and see how it turned out.)

So, yeah, balance.

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I know well how the creative process works for me: I'm either all in or all out.  As in, I'm writing, writing, writing, all the time, or I'm Not Writing.   Doesn't seem to be a lot of in-between.  And I desire in-between, I do.

Which brings me to a recent discovery: the art of balance can be found in small pleasures.  You can take time to do something nice for yourself and enjoy yourself a moment that leads to more peace of mind.  And that, in my world, leads to more writing.

When I feel good about myself, I feel good about writing, and that means I do it.  Contrary to the popular image of the tormented writer, I get way more writing done when I'm happy.  When I'm depressed, I crawl into my little Cancerian crab shell and wither.  (Well, that's what it feels like anyway.)

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But I discovered something better instead--a moment of taking loving care of myself that does wonders for my state of mind.  The body wash is soft and creamy and feels luxurious against the skin, like you're having a mini-spa moment. The tag line they suggested I use for this review is the following: Visibly more beautiful skin from a body wash.  But if I was running the campaign, I'd be emphasizing that moment of serenity that using the body wash makes you feel.

It's good stuff.

Tell me, how do you find balance as a writer?  Do you look for it in big ways, or little ways?

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