It's not unusual for writers to be stressed out -- it's kind of an occupational hazard -- but lately I've noticed some unusual signs of fatigue popping up around the blogosphere. It's not just people neglecting their blogs or virtually disappearing for weeks at a time, either (that I blame on Twitter.) I've noticed regular comments by folks out there in NetPubLand who mention being tired or just plain sound tired. A lot.Read the whole thing. Viehl goes on to talk about specific ways in which she deals with physical, mental and creative exhaustion while managing kids, career and life. Now anyone who's read ISLF for a while knows that I don't believe in writer's block. But I do think we can get so tired in one way or another that jotting down even a few hundred words feels like digging the Grand Canyon with a spork. Indeed (to get a little confessional), I've been struggling with just that over the past three or four months. And while many of Viehl's suggestions (such as spending less time on social networking) are quite good, others strike me as less practical. If I gave up caffeine in order to boost my physical stamina, as she suggests, it would only take an unsettled night or two courtesy of a teething infant for my central nervous system to turn to putty.
I can sympathize. At the moment I'm trying to kill a deadline after an insanely busy release week and two separate huge family events, and frankly? I'm wiped. I'd like nothing better than to put up one of my "Off to Write" posts, unplug and hole up in my writing space until this novel is out of here. I can even see myself coming back from the post office to collapse on the nearest horizontal surface and not move until the moon enters a new phase.
So, dear readers, I turn the question to you. How do you keep on writing when other obligations press down on you?
(Picture: CC 2008 by Polina Sergeeva; Hat Tip: Nathan Bransford - Literary Agent)