Meet Amber Mitchell.
Amber Mitchell graduated from the University of South Florida with a BA in Creative Writing and her debut novel was Garden of Thorns.
When she isn’t putting words on paper, she is using cardstock to craft 3D artwork, exploring the world with her husband Brian, or playing far too much Dungeons and Dragons. They live a small town in Florida with their four cats where she is impatiently waiting to return to Scotland and explore ancient castle ruins.
Her second novel, War of the Wilted, will be released by Entangled Teen on October 1, 2018.
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5 Ways to Unwind After a Deadline
Your fingers have been glued to the keyboard, the playlist you were listening to has long since stopped playing and you are surrounded by a forest of mostly empty coffee mugs (or if you’re me, Diet Coke cans). If that sounds like a familiar scene, you’ve probably been on deadline. Whether it is a self-imposed deadline or one from an agent or editor, the end result is always the same: a plethora of words on a page and a mind so made of mush, you’re envious of the shape Jello can take.
But now that you’ve completed your deadline, it’s time to relax! Pat yourself on the back and get ready to unwind. Here are my five favorite ways to treat myself after a completed deadline!
- A hot bath- There is nothing more rewarding than drawing a hot bath. Bonus points if you can swing a bath bomb or bubbles in there. Grab your favorite drink, a fancy glass, your phone for some ambience music, light a few candles and let yourself soak. Chances are, you’ve probably pushed everything aside to get this book done so now it’s time to spoil yourself a bit.
- Save a good series- As a reward for a job well done, I always save a popular or new series that I want to read. Though it’s hard not to pick it up while I’m writing, nothing makes me happier than binge-reading when I’m finished with my own writing. Not only is this a great way to reward yourself, but it also helps you replenish all those words you just spent writing your own book!
- Binge-watch a t.v. show- Brain too mushy for reading right now? That’s alright! That just means that you can find a good t.v. series to get lost in for a while and let the screen do the work for you. Falling in love with a new show is a great way to relax your overworked mind and you can learn a bit about storytelling along the way. A few shows I find particularly binge-worthy: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Outlander, Stranger Things, Jessica Jones and Doctor Who
- Try a new recipe- Sometimes I spend far too much time watching Tasty videos and that’s mostly because I don’t have the time to make them. But after deadline, I treat myself to one or two really good looking ones and get busy in the kitchen. Following a recipe is a great way to relax your mind and after you’re finished, you can share your hard prepared meal with friends… or if it didn’t turn out so well, because let’s be honest, it’s never as easy as it looks on the video, you can go grab a bite with them!
- Start daydreaming about the next exciting thing- Whether it be that idea the sparked in the middle of writing your book on deadline, wondering what the cover will look like for the book you just turned in or getting back to your WIP, let yourself look ahead a little bit. Daydreaming about the next big step you’re going to take is part of the fun and will really help you remember why you pulled an all-nighter three nights in a row to hit your goal.
There are a few of my absolute favorite things to do after deadline. The main thing to remember is that you just pushed yourself one step closer to your dream and that deserves to be rewarded.
What do you do to unwind after accomplishing a goal?