Thursday, May 01, 2008
Writing Under Stress
It can be those nagging little aggravations or it can be life changing.
Since this is something I'm going through right now, I'll tell you what I'm doing to stay sane and keep writer's block away.
I'm writing what I can. If all I can squeeze out is a 100 words, I'm accepting that's the best I can do for that day. Beating myself up for not reaching my quota is only going to make things worse and speed me onto the path of writer's block.
By doing something writing related every day, it makes me feel like I'm doing something instead of nothing.
I've plotted some stories by paper and pen, so that when I go to the computer I'll have something instead of trying to make my stressed mind try to think.
For anyone in a stressful situation, try this:
The more pressure you put on yourself the harder it will be and the downward spiral begins. Take this time to lower your TBR pile. Or start writing something just for fun, something short, or a novella. Find ways to relieve the stress: walk the dog, light some incense and meditate, take a hot bubble bath.
The main thing to remember is that adjustments need to be made. Talk to some trusted friends and family members. Find the positive and don't be afraid to move on.
Tambra Kendall/Keelia Greer