Have you ever tried writing with a headache? I have. It doesn’t work too well. That’s why I have been absent the last few days. I have been fighting a bad one.
At first, I thought I might not say anything about it. However, if you have ever suffered from a headache, you know how hard it can be to do anything. You might even be beating yourself up over it. I know I was. But you don’t have to, and neither do I. It’s okay not to write when you don’t feel well.
As much as I keep telling you not to beat yourself up over something like this, it is hard for me to follow my own advice. I just feel so guilty. Is that the way you do?
Tell yourself it’s okay. You may have to do it more than once. In fact, you probably will. Tell yourself 100 times if you need to. Or 1000. Whatever it takes. Just keep telling yourself it’s okay.
Yes, your rough draft is supposed to be a bunch of crap. That doesn’t mean you have to kill yourself to get the crap out. Sometimes, you just have to take care of yourself. Give yourself permission to take care of yourself.
That applies to more than just writing. That applies to everything in your life. You will be surprised at how much writing rules can be applied to other parts of your life.
Don’t like something in your story? Change it. Don’t like something in your life? Change it. Is that character destroying your story? Get rid of him. Is someone ruining your life? Get them out of it.
Yes, I know it’s hard. Life is hard. Writing helps us get through it just a little easier. At least, it does for me. I’m sure it does for many of you as well. I may be unique, but I’m not that unique.
So now, I can get back to writing. The headache is gone, hopefully for a long time, and writing doesn’t cause me physical pain. I can write that crap again without worrying about my health. Although, in my case, it’s mainly editing, so I am polishing the crap I have already rewritten more than once. It’s time for that rough draft to be turned into a gem.
No, I’m not claiming to be a great writer. I’m not even claiming to be a great rewriter. But I am a good rewriter. And I couldn’t have become a good rewriter if I hadn’t started out with that bunch of crap I called a rough draft.
So don’t punish yourself by writing when you have a headache. But don’t let it keep you from writing from now on. Stay in the habit of writing. Get right back to it as soon as you feel well enough.