I just bought a week’s pass at the Medical Center parking deck.
My MIL has been sick, in and out of ICU, finally back to a rehab place, but in ER twice this week. Probably will go back before the end of the week, hence the week’s pass.
Yes and no.
When life gives you lemons make lemonade?
Yes and no.
In the midst of life, in all its glory and despair, how do writers write?
Set small goals. I’ve tried to do small things while I’m at the hospital. They DO have great internet connections, so I’ve answered email, read blogs, done research on issues for a story.
Edit. I find it easier to edit something for grammar. So many comings and goings of medical staff, it’s hard to concentrate on substantive revisions. But I can edit a paragraph, stop, then pick it back up easily.
Allow yourself NOT to write. Some of that has happened this month, too. It’s okay to not write for a day, if life is pressing.
Get time away. It also helped to just leave town for three days, leaving things in the capable hands of other family members. I rested, I thought about a project for an hour straight–maybe more, and I worked, at a hotel, at a coffee shop. Had long hours to think and work! Sent out a mss. Came back refreshed and ready for the hospital again.
At least school visits are over, and I have no speaking things for a month or so. Writing and life–somehow, we manage both of these, don’t we?
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