I feel like I’m in a writer’s hole. Forget writer’s block…it’s officially a hole. My work-life balance is, well, out of balance.
My family is in the midst of a multi-stage out-of-state move, and no matter how much I try to occasionally isolate myself from the planning, the phone calls, the stress, and the whole moving insanity, it finds a way to creep up on me. This is not to say that all those planning things aren’t important – calls from the builder, updating our billing address, finalizing things for the closing – but how do you shut off those distractions and focus on the blinking cursor?
Has anyone else had this problem? Has your “real life” so intruded on your writers’ world that you can’t even get into your writer’s frame of mind?
As a scientist, I’m a pretty structured writer. OK, I’m pretty structured in everything I do. Like I said, I blame the scientist side of me. I like outlines, well planned out scenes, thorough researching…but sometimes these things don’t work. No matter how good your plan is, you just can’t picture what you’re writing. It feels all wrong. Your thoughts drift, your wording is awkward, your scenes poorly imagined. The phone rings, the emails pop up, the neighbor’s dog barks, and my faithful writing companion, the cat, snores loudly nearby. Some help she is! I find myself making up lame excuses not to even open the manuscript file.
Maybe someone out there can give me some insight into how to re-establish the balance and get back onto the horse, so to speak.
So what do you do when the chaos of real life impinges on your creative one? I’m putting on the headphones and turning up the classical music to drown out the cat’s not-so-helpful accompaniment. And in the meantime, I’m off to look into those computer programs that disable everything but your word processor.