Life happens as it happens, and being sick is not the same as being lazy.
Last week my son and I traveled to a family funeral (hence no “my week in writing” post last week), and this week everyone in my family has had colds.
All things considered, I’ve actually done a lot of writing (check it out! music in the early church and aura and pipe organs) But because I’ve spent a few mornings in a congestion-induced fog, I’ve felt like I haven’t been doing enough.
This is a problem I have basically every time I’m under the weather—I take my slow or no writing to be laziness.
When this happens, I observe the feeling, and I also remind myself that it’s not factually true.
On a brighter note, these tried-and-true strategies helped me work through a messy draft while mentally fogged: I read it aloud, I reverse outlined, and I wrote by hand (and closed my laptop).
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Reading this week
Sarah Bessey's post on writing in the thick of life! Yes, yes, and yes. Both her post and this one get at something I've been realizing lately: saying yes also means saying no. I can't have everything so I have to chose what I say yes to. For me that means, yes to writing time, yes to family time, yes to music time. Everything else is negotiable and often a no.