Most of my followers know that I recently underwent corrective surgery in December. What proceeded that event really set off a chain of events that have forced me to call December 2014 “The Month That Shall Never Be Mentioned.”
It takes at least six weeks to truly heal so, technically, I’m still healing. Holiday stress, unpleasant “people”, teenager sassiness, business issues, big disappointments, and family differences led to an unhappy time for me.
And words escaped me.
Yes, I admit it. I couldn’t write. For almost five weeks, I couldn’t write. It was a horrible period of time. Not only was I in physical pain, but I was in intellectual pain, too.
Writing is not just something I do: it’s something that I have to do.
Just this week, my husband came home to check on how I was doing with my 5000 words that I wanted to write that day. He asked me a question about something else and suddenly…POOF…the words were gone. I confess that I was “less than patient” about it, but it allowed us to have a long discussion about my time. I tried to explain that every phone call, text, dog bark, interruption steals at least 30 minutes of my day. It takes time to get back into the “zone,” find those words, locate where I left the story, and feel the characters.
When I write, I see the story in my mind. Unlike a television DVR when you can click the PAUSE button when you need to get popcorn or a soda, my mind does not have a PAUSE button.
Luckily, I have a great husband who now better understands what I need in order to complete my manuscripts. He’s able to act as a barrier between the children, dogs, and other daily interruptions that might otherwise steer me in the non-writing direction. He’s also handling more of the business issues that were so disruptive and, at times, upsetting.
Writing is more than just putting words on paper. Writing is a passion and, like any creative art, the passion becomes our lives. And success should never be measured quantitatively but qualitatively. Quality time spent writing will make for quality books for you to read.
While I’m sorry that I lost that month that shall never be mentioned, I did learn an important lesson: a person who works hard and earns their just reward will ultimately be more happy and qualitatively successful than those who are focused on quantitative successes—for truly, is there ever enough?
The Bible says, “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” 1 Tim 6:10 (KJV).
God gave me the ability and the drive to write. I shall continue writing with the support and understanding of my husband, children, and parents. Find your passion and follow it, not for the possible rewards such as riches or fame, but because God wants you honor Him, not mankind: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Col 3:23