Tuesday, September 23, 2008


I was supposed to blog last week, but I did not for I was technically on vacation. Five days off of work did wonders for my mental health. It's just over 24 hrs back on the job and I can feel the onset of panic attacks the drugs are supposed to fix.

But how does that relate to the world of writing? It relates because it is an example of how life can be overwhelming, and if we let it life can even overwhelm the creative urge/process.

Our job is to preclude that from happening. Just as we guard those tender feelings towards a loved one and shelter them against the stultification of the banal, in the same way we need to guard our creativity; protect it against the daily grinding down of our selves.

Even if it is merely telling ourselves stories of what we are going to do one day, when the clouds finally break and we can see the blue sky of freedom.

1 comment:

Darlene C. Goodman said...

I totally agree. I have been forcing myself to take a full lunch hour in the middle of the day (which is legally allowed but not part of the "office culture"). It helps a lot to escape, and I feel great after forcing myself to work on my writing.

However, for the last few days, I caved to my the panicked atmosphere and worked through lunch. I felt my creativity atrophying. I decided work's not worth losing my (in)sanity over.