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When Life Gets in the Way, Not Writer’s Block, But Life Block

We all know what writer’s block is.  It’s when a writer gets stuck.  He or she can’t think of a topic to write about or has the topic, but is stuck on what to say or how to say it.

Well, there’s another kind of block that writers sometimes encounter.  Life block.  Life block is when life gets in the way to the point that it is interfering with a writer’s ability to concentrate on writing.

I have had all kinds of trouble trying to write my latest monthly article for Going-In Depth.  I knew what I was going to write about.  I knew what I wanted to say.  I started writing it and then-bam-Life Block got in my way.

First, the night I started writing my article, I got a call from the nurse at my husband’s place of employment.  She told me that they were taking him to the hospital and thought he might be having a heart attack.  Thank God, it was a false alarm.  Just a warning that he needs to take better care of his health and make a few changes in his diet and activities.  That blew my writing time for a few days.

Then, our old dog got sick.  For three weeks, I tried, with help from his veterinarian, to get him well.  It was a losing battle from the start and my heart was broken when he wasn’t able to recover.

In between, other less significant things took what little time I had while dealing with the big things.  I would try to sit down and work on my article but worry and exhaustion just got in the way.  I couldn’t think.  I couldn’t concentrate.  Every day that passed made it worse when I’d try, because now, on top of what life had tossed at me, I was upset about getting my article written and turned in.  I was already past the deadline.

Things have settled down a bit and I’m back at the keyboard finishing up the article.  I think I can still turn it in for the next issue of Going In-Depth.  I think, just in case, Life Block ever decides to come my way again, I’m going to write a few articles and get ahead of schedule so I’m prepared for those times when time is crucial and concentration flies out the window.

About Deborah Carder Mayes

Debbie is the author of IDG’s monthly column, Beyond the Obituaries. She also writes a blog, Rambling Along the Ancestral Trail, (http://cardermayes.weebly.com/blog.html).
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