How To Guard Your Writing Mind – It’s Three A.M.: Do You Know Where Your Chocolate Is?

If you’ve ever faced a deadline or needed extra time to write, you’ve probably hit the middle of the night chocolate run. You know, the one where you grab all the chocolate in sight and toothpicks to keep your eyes open all for the passion to write.

Most people would say we’re crazy, after all who creates their own homework after they are already done with school and turns it in to a tough as nails editor? Writers.

Who rewrites a story ten times to make sure it is just right? Definitely not my fifth grader.

Who pretends their feelings aren’t hurt when they get a low score in a contest? Writers.

Authors are a rare breed of individuals who spend several hours alone to create imaginary characters that may not even see the light of day. If that isn’t discouraging enough, there is the pay.

Did you know that writing is one of the top 10 professions in which people are most likely to suffer depression? Now there’s a downer for you.

According to Novelist Simon Brett, who himself has struggled with depression, there are two key points in a novel where the writer is particularly vulnerable to depression.

*2/3 of the way through your novel when you discover that the only thing worse than what you’ve already written are the words you’ve planned for the book’s grand finale.

*24 hours after you have finished your rough draft and the euphoria has settled into self doubt.

So why bother to continue on this journey? We feel God has called us to put words on a page. We love to write. We crave it like chocolate at three in the morning. 

Instead of worrying about the chance of depression setting in, start taking action to improve your mental health.

Here is a site that will give you ten tips to staying mentally healthy:  Better Health Channel

What are some other websites, resources, or personal strategies you use to keep mentally healthy?

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About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

2 thoughts on “How To Guard Your Writing Mind – It’s Three A.M.: Do You Know Where Your Chocolate Is?

  1. dtopliff says:

    Fun post. I know I’m a minority, but don’t personally see/feel the connection between chocolate and writing. For me it’s strong Starbucks coffee–but whatever works.

  2. Teresa says:

    Think like a man.. no, really! They say men are really good at compartmentalizing which drives us multi-tasking women crazy. I have learned though that there this is HUGE stress reducing power in making myself compartmentalize a certain project or stress in my life at times. This allows me to focus on other things or just have fun for a while.

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