Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Unintended Break

Things happen. That's life, right? When you're a writer and things happen there's a good side and a bad side. The good side will take months or even years to come about; the bad side presents itself right away. What in the world am I talking about? This;

Dad got sick - critically so. I went into hyper-over-drive. It's the same thing you would do. You do what needs to be done and fall apart later. The good thing is that all events in your life, have the potential to become something important in your future writing. But for now, that doesn't matter one bit.

The problem, with me anyway - is that anything that takes me away from the physical act of writing also takes me away from the mental act. It's like you're on the writing train; as long as you keep that momentum pushing you down the track, you're fine. You're getting things done. You're writing, editing, blogging, marketing -- and the list goes on. But then something happens. Life happens. And that train jumps the tracks. Sometimes it jumps with such force that for a time the train is stalled. But usually, it jumps the tracks and hops, grinds, and bumps in the gravel beside the smooth track you once knew so well.

The trick is to do whatever it takes to get yourself back on track. With the mental concentration broken, you have to purpose yourself to begin again. One baby-step at a time, it comes back. The momentum once again reaches homeostasis. It's time for me to get back to my writing life. It's time to purpose myself back to the routine of the life of writing.

Does life ever get in the way of YOUR writing? What do you do to get back on track?

And remember; no matter what is going on in your life - Write Now.


Linda Austin said...

Hope your dad is doing much better. I took my laptop to the hospital during my mom's stay and wrote about the experience. I had plenty of time to write then, unlike during my usual daily life!

Linda said...

Hi, Karen, enjoy getting back into writing. I'm eager to read the new writing beauties you create.

I remember your house, by the way. My husband even remembers a little about "the people who lived there" (you)! More on that later. :)


Linda said...

P.S. Your photo today: that must be a stained glass window, right? I was just taking photos of stained glass windows last Friday. :)


Karen Fisher-Alaniz said...

It's LINDA DAY on my blog! LOL For some reason, I DO have a lot of Linda's.

Linda A. - I did a little of that too. It's nearly impossible to write about anything else.

Linda - We've been wracking our brain trying to figure out which ones you were in that house! What a shame I didn't get to know you then!

Karen Fisher-Alaniz said...

And the photo I included is glass work by the artist Chihuly. It's on a bridge in Seattle.