Friday, February 17, 2012

New Friday Series: Its all about Treats!

OK. Maybe not those kinda treats.  Many of us indulged in too many of those early in the week and still have some laying around the house.

But today I want to talk about Treating Your Writer-Self.

I am starting a Friday series on "Treating Yourself and Having Others Treat You as a Writer".  For many writers, simply identifying yourself as "a writer" is difficult.  In this new series we will discuss techniques and activities to help you do just that.  If that means carving daily time out of your schedule, or taking a class, or attending a conference...I am aiming to give advice on how to make each of these happen for you!

If you know of a writer who could benefit from these Friday posts, invite them along.  The more the merrier.  We are all writers here.  :)

For more info on this idea, please visit a previous post from December 2011.
If It Walks Like a Writer and Talks Like a Writer.

And to kick this off...

What does "treating yourself as a writer" mean to you?

What can you do this weekend to "treat yourself" and "have others treat you as a writer"?

Happy Writing!


  1. What a fun idea, Marcie! I try to carve time out of my schedule to write, research, etc. For me, that means my children's nap times almost every day. That's my time to write. It may only be an hour and a half, but at least I know I am getting somewhere. Also, for me, I am moving toward having someone come in every couple of weeks and watch my children for 2 to 3 hours so I can carve out additional time to be a writer.

  2. I've recently started to say (instead of "No, I don't work anymore") "I work out of my home. I'm a writer." And I'm consciously trying to treat my writing more like a job that I have to do every day. It's helping.

  3. I'm also trying to treat my writing as a job. I still have to deal with the "looks" when I say I'm working from home. I'm not making any money from my writing, not yet anyways. I'm working on some smaller pieces for some magazines that way I can have credits to go along with my name. I can deal with people's looks as my husband supports me. All writers need to have at least one person in their corner telling them they can do it. I look forward to your series Marcie!

  4. For me, it's making time to attend monthly workshop meetings or SCWBI critique groups. Being around other writers in person gives me an extra boost. Of course, I loved my online support group too.

  5. I'm with Stacy. Treating myself is also going to conferences, events. But like Rena, I had to learn to TREAT my writing as a job - not just a dream. I'll let you know how that goes... :-)

  6. When I was a teacher, and only writing in the summer, WAY before I was ever published, I was at a craft show where they were selling adorable carved wooden signs. I immediately picked up the Teacher one, but noticed one that said Writer (the i was a pot of ink with a feather sticking up). I said to my friend, "Which one should I get?" She looked at me like I was crazy, and said, "You can put the Teacher one on your desk at school..." She was right, of course, but I bought BOTH. I thought of myself as a writer, even when it was a flat out lie. I still have the Writer sign in my writing area above my bulletin board. Law of attraction? Maybe... Fake it till you make it? Definitely!