This interruption by life has been happening to me for the past two years with clockwork precision. Parental health issues are something I don’t grumble about, as health problems can crop up anytime and for anyone, and also because I do not want to add to the enormous guilt they lug around at disrupting their childrens’ schedules. It’s the emotional upheavel and anxiety that we ( children) find stressful and worrisome. But, other issues have me grumbling and cursing my bad writing luck.
Now that I have started my job as a creative writing teacher in my college, my personal writing time has come down considerably. Add to that my twice a week blogging and writing for few Indian newspapers, and reading as many as 80 to 100 posts a month, and posting comments, I find myself struggling to stay afloat and balance it all. The stack of books: a part of my to be read pile is tottering dangerously; few books that have to be reviewed are sending nasty looks my way ( I have personally hated it when reviewers take their own time to review books). Perhaps this is God’s way of showing me that I have to be more understanding and sympathetic.
But I have learnt to outsmart life. While life is busy throwing obstacles my way, I am learning to make the most and best use of these obstacles. In every situation I look for the silver lining (I believe every situation teaches us something). Though I may not be devoting huge chunks of my day to writing, I am learning from each situation and every person who I interact with.
From the informative posts my blogging friends write, I jot down points that I consider crucial to my growth: both as a writer, and now as a teacher. The people I interact with on regular basis : earlier the staff in the hospital, and now my students, are rich sources of inspiration. I observe their mannerisms and traits for future character charts.
Even If I am not actively writing I am constantly thinking of my book: plotting, mentally rewriting, visualizing scenes, adding unique character traits and personality quirks. Maybe to make up for not being able to write for longer periods, my learning process has sharpened and I am able to absorb information quickly. Nowadays whatever little time I get for my own writing I am able to focus more and with all the information and experiences crammed inside my head, my stories are getting a little closer to reality and the characters are shedding a little of their flatness.
Our writing deepens from our growth and experiences. Every small incident in our lives is filled with it’s unique experience that somehow crawls into our stories.
What are the techniques you use, when life interrupts your writing? Please share, we all can learn lots from each others' experiences.