System Overload: How One Author Copes with the Grind

grinderI’m sorry, did someone say overwhelmed author? Yeah, I don’t have time to write this post because I’m in SYSTEM OVERLOAD. No really, I am. I’m putting together my marketing plan for book two at the moment and trying, trying, trying to put words on paper for book three…and I still feel like I just wrapped all my book promo for my debut. (I could also go into conference proposals, an anthology I’m scheming to put together, and the books I’m editing for people–but I won’t.) *pants* They call this the daily grind, ladies and gentlemen. Which brings me to my one big point today.

We need to focus on one day at a time, one task at a time. Cross each of the pesky items off your list with a sparkly gel pen, highlight the next spot on your calendar, and make your way through the next task. Wash, repeat. Then bring on the booze, as Susan said in her post yesterday. This is how we survive the overload. This is how we accomplish our goals and write beautiful books. One single word, one single step at a time. Also?

Kvetch to Friends

Gorge on Cheezits, followed by chocolate

Binge watch on Netflix

Exercise. A lot. It helps.

Booze. Did I mention booze?

Take a minute to revel in the beautiful thing you’ve created, the love you’ve poured into it, and be PROUD. Screw the overload. Don’t let it get the best of you, or let it become your enemy. Be proud of and joyous about all you’ve done and all you will do. That has to be enough, because that’s all there is. Doing what you love is pretty damn meaningful and I feel blessed to be suffering and exalting right along with it.




Author: Heather Webb

Heather Webb is the author of BECOMING JOSEPHINE, her debut historical (Plume/Penguin 2014). A freelance editor and blogger, she spends oodles of time helping writers hone their skills—something she adores. You may find her Twittering @msheatherwebb, hosting contests, or hanging around as a contributor to the Editor's Posts. She is also the Twitter mistress for the popular Writer Unboxed. She loves making new reader and writer friends. Stop on by her website, Between the Sheets!

11 Replies to “System Overload: How One Author Copes with the Grind”

  1. Yes! Cheese + chocolate is a surprisingly good combo. (Well, pairing, anyway. I guess I don’t usually eat them at the same time, but rather, successively, to balance.)

    Netflix and exercise too. This post is so me — but it’s the me I keep forgetting to be. Thanks for the reminder! Now to tap back into that love and joy… 😉

    1. LOL! Kristan, it was more of a joke than anything. I tend to gorge on cheese and sweets separately as well. 🙂 But I’m glad to see we’re on the same page.

      I hope you find your joy soon!

  2. This morning I participated in a Facebook chat and yes, I figured out how to use it. The host of the fb chat explained very well.

    The author stressed the importance of self-care. And I agree.

    I just returned from my first writing conference and I’m absorbing everything I’ve learned from many wonderful authors. One of the speakers mentioned that it’s ok to take breaks.

    Whenever I feel stressed out, I swim or walk to the library or have a cup of Earl Grey tea.

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