The man surprised me. Not only had he carefully followed my instructions for submitting to me--amazing in itself--he had read a few posts in my (currently dormant) blog, 777 Peppermint Place.
I'd written one piece during a period when I thought I was coming out of a Crohn's disease flare-up (I was wrong. I'm still fighting it), and was wondering how other authors who suffered from chronic illness managed to keep writing. Even now, I find more solace in editing than in writing. My creativity seems to have abandoned me--I can't develop a scene that doesn't get axed upon the reread. So I asked my readers what tricks they used to keep writing.
His carpe diem attitude is a great response to the question I posed. It encompasses other responses I received, particularly one by "mlfables":
I am a habitual writer. I sit down in the same place at roughly the same time of day, so my writing is automatic. It's been the most effective way (that I’ve found) to keep myself writing, no matter how else I may be feeling.
For an hour each morning, I can let go of the stress of life and disappear into the imaginary world of my story's characters.
My inspirations are Diann Hunt, who has been battling cancer for quite some time and still managed to publish one book and several short-stories for anthologies last year alone, and Debbie Macomber, who wrote through her grief after her son's suicide in 2011 and continued to meet her deadlines. These women, and others like them, are amazing. What they've accomplished isn't easy, but they are professionals. They take their jobs seriously.
Of course, there will be days when working is physically impossible, but when you can, seize the day. Disappear into your story world. You may find you feel better when you re-emerge, or at least feel a little more light-hearted. If, like me, you can't seem to work on your WIPs, work with writing prompts, work on your journal, write for your blog, or start something entirely different. Don't lose the habit of writing.
Be a professional.