Sitting down to write won’t just happen;
you have to resolve to make it happen.
-Nan Merrick Phifer
What does one do when the flow of words suddenly stops, when life interrupts our regular writing practice with an illness?
That happened to me a week ago, when I was debilitated by a bout with intestinal flu. Suddenly, my regular journaling practice and memoir writing hour did not happen – there was simply no interest on my part to get up from bed and write. And that went on for a week.
All we can do at times like these is to stop, heal and know that all will be well again. Life interrupts us in various ways, depending on the circumstances of our lives. But this much I am sure of: If you have dedicated time and energy in establishing a daily writing habit, no matter how long the interruption lasts, it will be easy to go back to writing again. You will feel a certain ache or itch that will lead you right back to the page.
When writing has become a habit, life’s interruptions will serve only as a short or long hiatus from the craft. Even when you’re not writing because you can’t – no matter what the reason – you’ll find yourself thinking of the time when you can write again. It will feel as though you are far away from something you love, and the aching to go back will be palpable.
Two or three things I know for sure,
and one of them is that to go on living I have to tell stories,
that stories are the one sure way
I know to touch the heart and change the world.
– Dorothy Allison
If the interruption is in the form of brain constriction – if you feel stumped and at a loss for ideas or if the words simply won’t come, take heart. Psychologist have discovered the secret to beating creative blocks – yes, and they tell you how in this short video. Watch it and discover how simple it is to deal with those so-called creative blocks.
Need more ways to banish those blocks forever? Here’s what Google Ventures discovered about sketching (similar to clustering and mind-mapping) and how it can be used to unlock those great ideas hidden within the various cortices of our brains.
Linking to Daily Post’s Discover Challenge: Obstacles