I’m under a lot of stress lately, and it’s messing with my ability to concentrate on my writing projects. The stress was unavoidable, since my life was turned upside down and over in the past few weeks.
First, I quit freelance writing and took a full-time traditional job in which I write all day. Second, the moment I accepted the job I came down with a case of bronchitis that I can’t shake, and spent my first week on the job coughing like a person in the throes of death. Third, I was selected to sit on a jury and placed in the position of being part of a process that determined another’s guilt or innocence.
With all this going on, it’s no wonder I can’t concentrate on and don’t feel like writing. I’d like to give myself permission to put everything on hold until I feel like doing it again. But if I did that I wouldn’t be a writer, since writers keep coming to the table even when the work is hard or they don’t feel like it. Even if I did get by with allowing myself that luxury with my personal writing projects, it is not an excuse that would fly with my new boss, since my job’s sole description compels me to write.
No, not writing until I feel like it isn’t an option, so with that in mind I need a plan. And in that one little word lies the answer. Having a plan is what will get you through the times you’d rather be doing something besides writing. I’ve learned over the years there will always be things I’d rather be doing, even if its staring out the window. Writing is hard, but having a plan to tackle it will make it more manageable.
The saying, “plan the work then work the plan” isn’t original to be, but it does work for me. And, it will work for you too.