What Writing a Book Has to Do With Self-Care

It’s National Novel Writing Month—a great time to start writing a book. All you need is some self-care before you begin.


Julie M. Gentile's self-care books
Self-care practices have been my best friend through it all: the writing, editing, proofing, finalizing, sharing my books.

Four years ago, I started writing my first award-winning book 108 Yoga and Self-Care Practices for Busy Mamas. That was in November 2017, when my youngest was 1.


Fast forward to 2021 and add a pandemic, and I’m also the author of the award-winning book How to Stay Calm in Chaos: An Everyday Self-Care Guide.


November is National Novel Writing Month, and when I began to write my first book, I didn’t even plan for it to be written during National Novel Writing Month. After all of the journaling and self-care work I was doing that year, I intuitively wanted to share my stories and practices with others so that we can all shine the light on wellness for working moms everywhere.


What about you? Have you ever thought about writing a book?


Do you have the start of a few chapters?


Have you written an outline?


Do you have a great idea you want to share with other people?


Today is the day you begin your next step in writing your book!


My two biggest tips:

  1. Take action now. Research publishers and self-publishing, start writing an intro or organize a table of contents. Do one small thing every day for your book, your dreams. That’s what I did.

  2. Choose your self-care practices before you begin. You’re going to need it. Think about what grounds and nourishes you—reading something inspirational, journaling, meditating. There’s a lot that goes into publishing a book: writing, editing, proofing, finalizing, and sharing your work with the world. Events, social media, author fairs. You’re going to need a lot of self-care for this!

Good luck and have fun. I’m rooting for you!

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Practice It: Read These 2 Books for Your Self-Care

My books teach you how to practice self-care IRL as a busy person doing all the things. 108 Yoga and Self-Care Practices for Busy Mamas and How to Stay Calm in Chaos: An Everyday Self-Care Guide are available in paperback and as e-books. I look forward to seeing your name in print one day, too.

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