Hi SEers! What does it mean to be a healthy writer? Do you eat lots of broccoli, run marathons, or write a lot? It’s mixed in there somewhere. To find that balance, I looked to a time when things were planned out for us or those school days from childhood. Here, I’ll stick to a more traditional school day over homeschooled. Although, I would imagine there would be a schedule similarly set.
What does being in school have to do with writing? Let me take you through a day and show you.
- First, there is a set time to get up. It is necessary to get dressed, eat breakfast and maybe make the bed. There is a plan in place for lunch to either buy or bring one. Teeth brushed, hair combed, and all necessary grooming down; there is a rush to greet the day. Writers need to prepare themselves to write in the same fashion.
- Once prepared for the day, the student would hop on a school bus, get a ride, or walk to school with friends. It’s here that this student will catch up and socialize with other students, or even parents. Communicating with other writers is very beneficial and adds a necessary support system.
- Arriving at the destination and hear that bell ring. Time to get to class where the student learns and works. Do they spend all day doing the same thing? No. The day is broken into many subjects that include English, Math, History, and Science. Writing is composed of different parts with writing, editing, research, and experimenting.
- Is the whole day spent at that desk learning? No. There are snack breaks, lunch, art, music, and the best part, recess. Back then, we took care of our mind and body. We played and interacted with our friends again. Writers should make sure they eat, move around, and feed that creativity.
- When the final school bell rings, time to put away that day’s work and head home. Usually, there’s homework to attend to, but not before a nice snack and a quick cartoon or a bike ride. Even if there is more work, writers need to take breaks. It clears the mind and can be inspiring.
- After a long day, the student cleans up, brushes their teeth, and winds down by reading a good book. This winding down period is essential after a busy day for a writer, whether with a book, a phone call, journaling, or zoning out watching TV.
- After such an accomplished day, sleep should come easy for the student and writer. It can take them to new worlds to be explored in their dreams.
This is how a day can be set up for a writer like a school day when personal interactions, learning, playing, physical activity, and nutrition were important. Writers need similar components in their schedules with a variety of topics, writing, exercise, social media, education, research, and a few good writing buddies. All these put together just so make for a healthy writer.
How about you? What’s a part of your writing day?