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June 25, 2012

There Will Be Times When You Just Can’t Write

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Well it’s been a couple of months since my last blog post.  Life has most definitely hit me with a few stumbling blocks, the worst of which was having the basement of my home flooded with a foot and a half of sewage water…eww!

Say goodbye to a hot water tank, furnace, washer, dryer and thousands of dollars of items that had all become unsafe to keep or damaged beyond repair.

Usually, during times of stress and frustration, I grab a notebook or my iPad and head somewhere peaceful and just write.

Not this time!  Something was different.

If I wasn’t waiting at home for visits from the insurance adjuster, the restoration crew or someone from the furnace company, then I was emailing pictures of the damages or trying to figure out the cost of all my lost contents.  Picking up the pieces after this devastating flood had become a full-time job.

But the worst part of all was that my “go to” stress reliever, writing, wasn’t working this time.  Even freewriting came to a standstill.

Into the third week of not being able to write, I really started to get concerned.  No matter what life has dealt me, I’ve always been able to hunker down and find a way to write.

What was different this time?

I have a theory, but I really don’t know for sure. 

I think I was simply too exhausted, physically and mentally.  When I look at everything that happened from around the 23rd of April to mid June, I can only attribute this dry spell to exhaustion.

But today’s a new day – and a new week.  And here I am…writing again. 

What have I learned from this experience?

There will be times when you can’t can’t write…and that’s okay.


  1. Amen, Sister. I fully agree. Catastrophies, disasters, severe illness or death of a loved one, going on wacky medicine (just to name a few) — all times when our WIP is not progressing. But all these situations make us stronger writers. Glad you’re blogging again.

    Comment by sandycarl — June 25, 2012 @ 4:38 PM | Reply

    • Thanks, friend.
      Me, too.
      I was beginning to wonder if I’d ever get back to it.
      Wacky medication – love that term.

      Comment by dramaquill — June 25, 2012 @ 4:40 PM | Reply

  2. Sorry to hear about your travails. Hope you fully recover from your trauma!

    Comment by Denise DeSio — June 25, 2012 @ 9:51 PM | Reply

  3. Thanks, Denise. Every day it gets a little better

    Comment by dramaquill — June 26, 2012 @ 12:35 PM | Reply

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