December 2 What do you do each day that doesn't contribute to your writing -- and can you eliminate it?
The more stressed I am, the less I can write. If the stress is something I cannot talk about, I am near paralysis when it comes to expressing anything else. I am so consumed by the thing I cannot say, I cannot think of anything else.
Things aren't as funny when I'm under that level of stress. Sunsets are greyed, jokes fall flat, and my mind is a constant whirlwind of "I have to tell you about the thing I cannot tell you."
I have struggled most of the last 6 months with something I cannot talk about. It is both work related and personal. It is not going away any time soon and it muddies the enjoyment of every single day of my life. So, I struggle to find something else to talk about. I pounce on every thing the dog does that is mildly cute, I write down every thing The Guy says that is mildly witty, and I thank God for sites that tell me what to write about because my brain can only think about the elephant in my workplace.
I cannot remove the stress from this particular situation. Just when I have mastered removing myself from thinking about the stress, something else happens that brings it to the forefront again. So, I keep trying and I work around the elephant.