I learned an important difference between writers and editors. Writers always seem to be on the cusp of a creative breakthrough, so a crazy number of writers are totally addicted to caffeine. The more coffee, the more we write. Editors, on the other hand, sit at a desk and pick through a writer’s work and they struggle to not want to squeeze the writer by the neck until his head pops off, so editors need hot tea to calm them down. Preferably one brewed from leaves of an illegal plant. Just kidding.
Remember: writers need coffee, editors need tea.
But now that I wear both hats, my metabolism doesn’t know what I need. I try really hard to strike a balance by having writing/coffee times and editor/tea times. It’s like taking a sleeping pill, then trying to counteract it by taking a Ritalin or three. Yoga breathing would probably be helpful.
One of the hardest things to do in the writing process is to edit your own work, because you already know what you were trying to say. Probably equally difficult is letting other people edit your work, because they have no idea what you were trying to say and they’re going to call you on it if your writing doesn’t make sense. Offer them some tea and some guidance.