But if there's any lesson I've learned it's this: Sometimes you've got to let things slide.
What you imagined about your cover? Might not come true.
What you've been hoping for in terms of sales? Might not come true.
Deadlines? Might come and go without word. You might not be able to meet yours, because of whatever whatever.
Sometimes what we want to happen doesn't line up with what is actually happening. We can feel frustrated, overwhelmed, and even angry. We forget the good that we've enjoyed about publishing. The feel of typing (or writing) new words on a blank page, of bringing a character to life.
Sometimes, the stress of publishing is just too much. And that's a definite time to let things slide. I've been on this roller coaster for a few years now, and here's what I do during the sliding times.
- Read my favorite books. Or a new book.
- Play Bakery/City/Restaurant/Farm Story. Oh, come on. You know you love seeing your T-bone steaks come out perfectly.
- Record too many episodes of whatever is on HGTV.
- Eat pepperoni -- plain. (Don't knock it until you've consumed a pouch of this stuff. It is powerful, and will change your life.)
- Download some new music.
- Try a new challenge -- right now, I'm trying to do a 30 ideas in 30 days challenge my friend, Dustin Hansen, inspired.
- Go to a live concert/performance.
- Plan meals (gasp!)
It's good to let the publishing angst slide off your back every once in a while. Otherwise, I think we'd all be shaking and muttering under our breath, and nobody wants to see that.
What do you do when you need a break from publishing?