Saturday, June 20, 2015

Interruptions, Interruptions

Last week I discussed how to be consistent in your writing by working at it one step at a time. As I have tried to do that I have become frustrated. The more I think about simply stepping through to do the next thing I have come up against many interruptions and have become angry at myself, situations and at others.

But, when I stopped and thought about it, there was no reason for anger. I forgot that life will always have interruptions and I won’t ever have an open window of time, totally free of disruptions and changes in plans because we live in a world with other people and events which are unpredictable.

Okay, I accept this as truth. How do we, because I know we all deal with this, put this frustration at bay?

Daily remind yourself that you can’t control all aspects of your life. Do set up priorities and evaluate when you should say no. Then realize there will be times you may have to put your writing plans on hold.

Work diligently when the opportunity is there; even the small amounts of time. Don’t waste the time or you will have regrets.

Take a deep breath and don’t let your frustration be directed at someone who doesn’t deserve it.

How about you? How do you keep your frustration at bay when you do not feel you are accomplishing your writing goals?


  1. Tammie,
    I can certainly relate. Sometimes I shot myself in the foot by getting frustrated, throwing up my hands and giving up on those writing moments. When I set it aside for the interruption and determine to get back to it as soon as possible it helps. Some interruptions are choices and I can choose not take the phone call, ignore the dust and say no to a few meetings. Setting aside some specific time even if it is once a week to write and treasure that block of time letting nothing push it aside makes a difference. A small amount of time every week of productive writing helps energize my desire to make room for more time. It worked for me. Having an accountability partner to report to every week has helped to make me consistent. It give me a deadline. I don't want to report no progress to my accountability partner.

    1. Thanks for your input, Cindy. I think many writers deal with this. We have to just keep moving along. Good insights.

    2. Thanks for your input, Cindy. I think many writers deal with this. We have to just keep moving along. Good insights.


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