How to Safeguard Your Creativity (when life gets busy)

Being a writer means accepting certain life distractions that can interfere with the creative process. But when life gets especially busy, it can get harder and harder to stay creative.

This time of year, for me, is crazy busy – the goats, the garden, the dogs . . . Yeah. Busy. At the same time, I’m currently editing the first draft of Fate of a Prince, writing the first draft of the sequel, writing grant proposals for the farm, editing videos . . . Aanndd the list goes on.

So I’m learning how to balance all of this with a healthy creative routine while still *cough* trying *cough* to get everything done in a timely manner. I should mention, I’m not on a specific deadline with anything but the grant proposals and video editing, so I’m free to work out a schedule (spoken like I actually have a schedule). πŸ˜‰

If you struggle to balance life and writing, maybe a few of these tips can help!

  1. Assess your deadline and prioritize.
    Figure out what needs to be done and WHEN, and plan accordingly. This may also be influenced by inspiration that strikes for a particular project, which could alter your schedule. Having said that . . .
  2. Push through writer’s block.
    Easier said than done, I know. But IF you are on a deadline, you have to push through writer’s block. Remember, if it’s junk, you can fix it later. If you’re super stuck, try getting feedback from somebody else.
  3. Find your autopilot.
    I have an autopilot. It doesn’t always kick in when I want it to, but when it does, it is bliss! So find your autopilot and ride it to the finish.
  4. Take a break.
    This might be the most important tip. If I’m not writing on a deadline, I will take breaks. Especially if I’m in any kind of creative drought or I find that the work is draining me. When working on a deadline, I don’t have this luxury, so I take advantage of it when I can.

Remember, safeguarding your creativity is so important to the long haul of writing. So pace yourself. Take breaks. And, if you can help it, don’t get pulled down into the undertow of stress. Give yourself permission to stop and breathe. ❀

What tips do you have for staying creative and safeguarding your work? Let’s chat!

Published by Hannah Gaudette

Hannah Gaudette is a home-school graduate living in the hills of New England. When she’s not writing or playing with the dogs, it’s a safe bet you can find her with some other animal, like goats. She is the founder of a sustainable agriculture movement called STEWARDSHIP in central Maine. She's a life-enthusiast and advocate for food allergy awareness, youth ministry, and service dogs.

4 thoughts on “How to Safeguard Your Creativity (when life gets busy)

  1. Hi Hannah! Happy (late) Fourth of July! How was your weekend?

    Oh yeah, sometimes I’ve pushed through writer’s block and just kept typing. Then once it’s out there, I often find ways of tweaking my work. Although, if it’s a really bad case of writer’s block, I do step away and try to do something fun like crafting, journaling, or hiking. That often helps to give my brain a break.

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