by Kaye George
We write because we love to write. We would rather be writing than be doing anything else. Why is it, then, that we don’t always do it, can’t always do it?
Things get in the way. Most of us who have contracts and deadlines are long past the idea that we should sit around and wait to be inspired by a…muse, whatever that is. We KNOW we have to sit at the computer (or with the laptop, wherever) and just do it. But sometimes we don’t, do we?
It does happen that we can’t make our brain operate sometimes. Just before and just after my husband’s death a couple of years ago, my brain was paralyzed. My publisher graciously gave me the time I needed to turn in my project. Without worrying about being cancelled (which I was before I told them), I was freed to take the few months I needed and then to complete my project.
If it’s not our brain, it can be our body. That’s happening for me this month. Yet another joint wore out and I’m having it replaced. By the time you read this, I’ll have a shiny new hip. (I assume it’s shiny. If it’s not, don’t tell me—I like that visual.) I really goofed up picking my ancestors and I have lousy joints. I don’t plan on missing my next deadline for this, though. It isn’t until February, and I’ve tried to prepare for a week or two off by doing a lot of writing lately.
Outside forces can interfere, too. Having to move—that’s not only a hassle, it interrupts work when resource books, computers, printers, whole offices have to be packed away, moved, then unpacked.
I haven’t experienced a flood or a tornado, but that would interrupt me indefinitely, I’m sure.
How have you dealt with interruptions, distractions, and obstacles? Any tips for getting back into your work after that?
photos from morguefile: jim113, clarita, npclark2k