I totally left many of you hanging in February. I had some medical issues crop up in January and they kept coming up. My body was not happy. I found out I had gallstones and the past three months I had been suffering. I had planned on writing posts all through February but the pain prevented me. I ended up having my gallbladder removed in March and have been recovering ever since.
I am still writing sorta. I stopped writing anything new and have been focusing on editing my newest novel. It’s going to be hard to advertise. How does one pick a genre for a murder mystery writer falling for a serial killer? Thriller? Erotica? Just plain ‘ol Fiction? I can’t wait for people to read it. The book is going to be so fun and such a trip.
Beyond editing, slowly, I have fallen down the rabbit hole of Tiktok. I do have an author account on there. @erinelyseauthor. Find me. Like me. Follow me. I need more follows so I can add my linktree. There are a ton of authors on there who do such amazing videos. I am such an introvert that it is hard for me to keep to the theme that I am a writer. I try hard but sometimes the other popular trends are too fun to pass up.
The reason for this post is to remind any writer that it’s okay to not write for an extended period of time. Your ideas will still be there waiting for you. It’s best to take care of your body first and then write. That also goes for your mental health. You cannot write effectively a scene when you are completely zoned out. (You can, but it will take more time to edit.) It’s okay to be a mess. It’s okay to spend time in bed recovering from surgery and not working every second. It’s okay to binge watch your comfort show or movie with a bowl of popcorn lying on your chest and the only way to eat the popcorn is to use your tongue and lick it out piece by piece. Ask me how I know.
The Pandemic is still here and we are beating ourselves up by how much we aren’t doing. Take it easy on yourself. You are allowed to be selfish.
Stay safe my lovelies. Wear your mask. Wash your hands. Get the vaccine. Treat people with respect. And don’t forget to be you.