Blogger: Mary Keeley
This week I’m rushing to send out proposals to editors and cross off as many other things as I can on my self-propagating to-do list. So much to do before going on vacation tomorrow for a week. I confess I’m feeling angst that my work and client needs, not to mention submissions to respond to, will multiply out of control during that much time away. My husband hinted that I was becoming dysfunctional.
It isn’t like I’m flippantly neglecting my responsibilities. I’m taking time to be with family. You know, balancing work and family. My husband was right; so much angst over that is dysfunctional. I thought about writers and published authors who have family needs or interruptions that threaten to wreak havoc with looming deadlines. You must deal with a fair amount of angst too.
Like the client who had a sudden and unexpected health issue, requiring tests at the hospital and an anxious wait for results. (Prayers are appreciated.) Or the client whose power was out for six days after a storm. Or the client whose computer crashed the day she bought a new one and she had to ask me to send an electronic copy of her proposal while she waited…hoped…for her old hard drive to be retrieved. Yes, these things actually happened to clients in the last two weeks.
If it isn’t these kinds of wrenches in your writing schedule, it’s the call on your time to be with family, friends, ministry, or to take a needed vacation. I decided perhaps it’s time for some tongue-in-cheek relief. A little poking-fun-at-ourselves humor is good for the soul and may even ease stress.
Here it goes.
You Know You’re a Dysfunctional Writer When…
- you spend more time griping about your to-do list than getting it done.
- you find every excuse possible to avoid your computer when you’re in the middle of a difficult scene you don’t know how to remedy.
- you compose the next scene in your sleep.
- you wake up in the middle of the night without the alarm, and the solution to your problem chapter is clear in your mind.
- your writing day is fueled by chocolate and coffee.
- you begin your writing day in the dark and stop writing when it’s dark again.
- you touch base with your family via a mass email while you’re scrambling to make a deadline.
- you break away from your writing to pick up a frozen lasagna at the store, bake it in one of your own dishes, and serve it to your family as a homemade meal.
- you record the next chapter on your voice recorder while on a walk instead of taking time to smell the roses.
- you pray there won’t be any more school snow days…
- you discover the perfect word you’ve been grappling for and jot it down on your grocery list in the checkout line.
- [Insert your own dysfunctional writing specialty.]
Be encouraged . . . you’re in good company!
How many items on the list can you identify with? What is your own dysfunctional writing specialty?
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