Mentioned in a previous post (Writer Interuptus), how I’d been flying along on my writing and suddenly ran up against a series of obstacles and challenges that slowed me down severely.
One of the more challenging ones has been a sprained right shoulder. This has resulted in pain not only in the shoulder, but in my neck, back, arm and even wrist; and, since I’m right handed, has put a real crimp in my style as a writer.
The pain has also woken me up multiple times during the night, resulting in sleep deprivation. Now, when I’m exhausted, I often become both creative and funny, one gets past that point and into whiney and non-productive territory.
So, why am I going into this?
Because its reminded me of something important to a writer.
On many previous occasions, I’ve noted that what you and I need to be writers is to write. That is true- without writing, we are not writers; but there’s more to it than that.
A writer doesn’t only write. He or she also thinks-
- thinks about how people interact
- thinks about what things interest or intrigue him
- thinks about what she’d like to write next
- thinks about what challenges would make a story interesting
- thinks about the great “what if”s that make a story
In the past few weeks, I’ve written, but I’ve written less. And I’ve thought more about story and non-fiction and where I want to take my writing next.
And as my shoulder recovers and the pain goes away, I will be bringing those thoughts to my writing and my writing will be the better for it.
What kinds of things do you think about as a writer?
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