I need you to think. Take a deep breath. Ready?
Do you have challenges with your writing?
It’s okay if you don’t. I don’t hate you. Much.
I’d like to say I have it all together. I know exactly what I’m doing. I have never faced a major obstacle. I have never wanted to punch my computer.
I’ve been married a really long time. I’ve been a teacher for at least thirty-four of those years. I can’t tell you exactly how long because I don’t want to do the math. It’s May, and that would take way too much energy from someone running on fumes. It has taken my husband years to understand an important fact. The best thing to do is give me space, avoid direct eye contact, and don’t say too much. The least thing is enough to set me off. If he doesn’t bother me, his chance of surviving the month increases.
I know a lot of people think teachers check out during the last month. Let me make this very clear. I don’t. Until recently, I took grades into the last days of school. I admit to it. I’m crazy. After my son died, I realized I should close out grades the week before school gets out. Otherwise, I’m setting myself up for extreme stress. I don’t need that. I don’t want to be working on report cards on May 24th when school ends May 25th.
What does this have to do with writing?
I get to work at seven twenty and can be there until after five. It is a long day. It’s hard to carve out time to write.
I would like to say I am able to implement the lesson learned from Johanna’s workshop, the one I mentioned in my previous blog. The ten minute blocks of time are manageable. I have applied the lesson to housework. My bathroom sinks sparkle.
I have had difficulties applying this to writing. After a full day, I am exhausted. It’s difficult to string a sentence together, let alone, write. I am barely functioning.
What successful strategies have you used to move past obstacles to your writing?
I would love to hear what you’re doing when life crashes on you. Please share words of wisdom.