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Thursday, February 18, 2021

The Benefits of Being a Writer by Marilyn Levinson

Writing mysteries is wonderful for my health. Well, sure, I do a lot of sitting around, but I counter the bad effects of that by getting up periodically and walking downstairs for a glass of water. (I bet you thought I was going to say for a cookie.) The thing is writing books keeps me on my toes in more ways than one.

Being a mystery writer is good for my mind. I need to figure out a plot involving a murder or two and people my book with several suspects--all of whom have secrets, reasons to hate the victim(s) and have the opportunity to have done him or her in without being too obvious.

I get to contact bloggers, Facebook group administrators, and podcasters to ask them to fit me in their schedules where I can talk about my latest book. I'm learning how to podcast, Zoom with book clubs and readers, take part in a virtual conference--none of which I'd done a year ago.

I try to be up on the latest marketing tools and master them--or at least find someone who can help me set up appealing backgrounds for Instagram and Twitter posts.

I'm constantly doing research because every book requires different knowledge--from demolishing a building, knowing the latest food fads, to unique methods of committing murder.

Every day I hone my social skills via social media. I  communicate with readers and fellow writers and help my colleagues promote their latest books.

I write constantly in addition to writing my work in progress: hundreds of emails, my bi-monthly newsletter, Facebook posts, blogs and comments on blog posts. 

Constant work, yes, but aside from finishing a book, all of the activities necessary to my writing life help keep my mind active and me socialized. Health benefits in the Time of COVID. 


Annette said...

It is constant work, but I love it!

Jim Jackson said...

And seeing a story to completion provides a sense of purpose, as well.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Yes, every submission is a victory.

Kait said...

Oh, this is so true, and very timely. It’s interesting how the perception of a writer is one of an introvert when the reality is writers may be introverts, but they are very connected ones.

Susan said...

You are so right, Marilyn. Using your imagination, as well as making reasoned decisions, works that brainpower hard.

Marilyn Levinson said...

Thanks for all your comments—Annette, Jim, Margaret, Kait, and Susan. Another big benefit of being a writer is all the wonderful friendships we forge with one another. Our group blog is a great example.

Tammy Euliano said...

Absolutely!! Definitely keeps the mind working and what incredible fun!

Shari Randall said...

Yes, it's all a good workout and I wouldn't trade it for anything. Making writer friends is one of the best parts of all!

E. B. Davis said...

How do you have time for it all?

Patricia Gligor's Writers Forum said...

Now, more than ever, I can honestly say that my writing saves me. Not only does it keep my mind active but it gives me a reason to get out of my nice, cozy bed every morning. I don't feel trapped inside because of Covid and the weather. Instead, I feel blessed to have more time to write.

Kaye George said...

I hope you get a cookie sometimes! I don't know what I would have done with this isolation if I weren't a writer and tied into that community.

Marilyn Levinson said...

Tammy, our minds sure get a good workout!

Shari, I agree with you about making great friends, my friend.:)

Time, Elaine? I never have enough time. I marvel how some writers write 2 or 3 series. But they're probably not procrastinators like me.

Pat, my nonwriting friends are jealous because I'm so busy. I don't feel trapped inside, either, and there's a snow blizzard going on right now.

Grace Topping said...

Fun post, Marilyn. I get my exercise from going up and down the steps to continually reheat my cup of tea.

KM Rockwood said...

Being in the midst of writing a compelling mystery novel can certainly be energizing.

Marilyn Levinson said...

Grace, I'm up and down the stairs a lot, too. Part of my procrastination process.

Kathleen, when I'm moving along well in a scene, it sure is envigerating.