Everyone faces obstacles in life. My biggest one is learning to live with my chronic illness. Our bodies operate as one unit so it shouldn’t surprise me that functions affect our brains, but it’s still caught me off guard.
Chronic illness means good days and bad days. I’m getting better at knowing what will tip me over the edge, hindsight, sigh. But it’s incredibly frustrating to not have as many good days as I want. For those interested, I’m working on inventing a creativity button so all you have to do is push it and, le voilà.
Until sci-fi becomes reality, I’ll keep trying:
- Sleeping. I must be making up for the years of running on near empty in this department. I’ve embraced the fact that I need naps to have any sort of brain power. Now I need to find a tea fairy to wake me up with a hot cup.
- Music. Some authors I know use playlists for their works in progress to help channel the creativity and mood of the book. I’m going to try this for my next WIP.
- Acceptance. I still beat myself up for not being productive on days when I fail to nail the creativity fairy’s butt to the chair, but I’m working on just accepting that some days are going to be 4,000 word days and some will be 100. And that’s okay.
Writers tailor their processes and I’ll keep working on mine. I’ll take every day to enjoy life, find the beautiful, and write when I can. If you have a tried and true way to get into the writing mode, let me know!