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Stop Interrupting Me!

August 27th, 2010 No comments

Everyone has to deal with life’s interruptions. John Lennon’s famous quote “Life’s what happens while you’re making other plans” is true – life has a way of intruding upon (or even halting) your routine. If you’re a writer, this can be hazardous, especially if you are writing on deadline. As I’ve written here before, a body of work is important, since it develops writing ‘muscles,’ those skills that only develop with practice over time.

Fortunately for me, For Bards Blog doesn’t have a deadline, but being away from it for a couple weeks (as was just the case) does make it a little more difficult to jump back in… Consider it a perfect example of those writing ‘muscles’ getting flabby after just a couple of weeks off (although there is something to be said for recharging one’s batteries). Most writers can regain momentum on their work quickly, but occasionally something crops up that takes them away from their work for longer than they would like; that’s exactly when it’s important to resume writing, even if it is simply scribbling in a notebook when a moment presents itself or waking an hour earlier to get your thoughts down on paper (or on your hard drive).

I recently received a new prescription, and was reading the information sheet that came with the medicine. One line jumped out at me: “If you miss a dose, DO NOT STOP taking this medication; resume your normal dose until directed otherwise…” If writing came with a precautionary information sheet, it would say something similar: ‘If you are interrupted in your writing, DO NOT STOP creating; resume your normal writing routine as quickly as possible.’ Quitting a prescribed medication could be hazardous to your health; stopping writing will undoubtedly affect your productivity, if not your temperament. It’s been said that writers are compelled to write, and that’s certainly the case with good ones.

So, if you haven’t written in a while and feel that ‘forgotten’ project breathing down your neck, relax, take a deep breath and pick up a pencil – or open your laptop – and write. If you feel better, congratulations! It’s a validation of your ‘writer status.’ And if you don’t feel better? Write about that! (After all, you’re a writer, aren’t you?)