Our topic for May is all about what gets in the way of our writing. Each of us at Scene 13 have different ideas as to what is the biggest problem for the writer and the writing life, but I feel one thing, above all else, can be the biggest obstacle to the writer—real life.
When I think back to the start of my writing and journey to get published, nothing could stop me cold like a real life event. Sometimes good, sometimes bad, but anytime something significant happens, writing can take a backseat.
What have some of these things been for me?
When my beloved cat died, I couldn’t write for weeks. I was so filled with sorrow that I just didn’t have it in me write.
Vacations. I love going away, but packing, preparing, vacationing, and returning home/unpacking all take me away from my writing.
Home renovations/spring cleaning/every day cleaning. As much as I wish I could do nothing but write, some things just have to get done—laundry, dishes, feeding the family!
Day job stress. We all have bad days at work, but sometimes, after a hard day, I just don’t feel like writing.
Family/friends events. It’s always great to get away from the keyboard for a while and talk to real people about something other than writing, but in the back of my mind, I think about the writing time I’m losing.
What about you? What gets in your way of writing as much as you would like?