Love Thy Writing

Monday, February 14, 2011
On this Valentine's Day, while you are giving and receiving cards and candy signifying your love for others, take some time to show your writing some love. Tell the critical voice that sometimes holds sway in your mind, that you and your writing are worth it. Here are a few of the ways to show you love your writing:

1. Celebrate your writing and creativity. Pull out your writing--even the old projects--and celebrate your accomplishments. You're here, right? That's enough reason to enjoy you and your writing.
2. Take some time to read through your work and find something that you like and that is working, instead of what we normally do by finding something that needs to be changed or isn't working.
3. Give your writing some free time. Pick up a book or a magazine and step away from your writing project for a day or two. Even our nearest and dearest friends need some time alone.
4. Wrap your arms around your writing and give it a big hug (alternatively, buy your writing some lovely chocolates). Take time to be proud of your writing and what it stands for.
5. When you run across something that you want to work on, make note of it, but continue to bring positive feelings to your projects.

Everyone and everything needs a day to feel special. Can today be that day for your writing? What might you do to enjoy your writing? Try it and let's see.

Elizabeth King Humphrey is a writer and editor living in Wilmington, N.C.


Julie Flanders said...

Thanks for this post. I've been in a very self-critical phase lately when it comes to my writing, and this was just what I needed to read today. I particularly like the idea of giving my writing some chocolates. ;)
This was the perfect Valentine's treat for me, thanks again!

Trisha said...

Damn! I'm surprised this entry doesn't have more comments ;) I wish I had see this on V-Day, I would have pampered my writing something fierce! ;) Any excuse to purchase chocolate...

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