Self-Care for Writers, Part One: A Bad Year

I’m going to start with two confessions. The first is that I have had a difficult year, writing-wise. And the second is that this is a difficult blog post to write, so please bear with me. It’s difficult to write about my difficult year because I don’t necessarily feel very comfortable talking about some of my personal struggles in public — and after all, it feels like the pressure from social media is always to talk big, think positive, get your game face on. Nevertheless, I want to do it — because one of the few things I found genuinely helpful while I was at my lowest ebb of…