I haven't written a post in a week: bad migraines last week and then three days of catching up on neglected school and house work have kept me from blogging. And what a good reflection with which to start back!
We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough. Helen Keller
In our busy lives, or pain-filled lives, we often don't have time or health to complete what we start. I know I don't: sometimes I will only have begun a writing assignment (I am enrolled at Goucher College in their Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction program), then spike a headache and have to stop when I really don't want to.
So my version of sticking to it, per Helen Keller's advice, is to allow myself the rest time knowing that I will have the opportunity to persist later on. The neat thing is that often my mind -- even in its migraine fog -- is mulling a problem or scene revision without my being aware of it, so that when I get back to the computer, it is easy and natural to begin writing again.
"Stick to it" does not necessarily mean to force activity or work in the face of pain or depression or diminishing returns. For some of us and in some circumstances, it means to know when to back off and rest or recover, then when to return.
Rest, recover, return.
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Carol D. Marsh
- With a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction degree (Goucher College, August 2014), I am looking at a new phase in my life. From 1992 to 2009, I served as Founding Executive Director of Miriam's House, a residence for homeless women living with AIDS. I left this position when Chronic Migraine Disease overtook my ability to do my job. Now I hope that a writing career will both accommodate the migraines and give me a creative, productive outlet. And soon, September 4, I will launch my Inkshares author page in a bid to hit the 1,000 pre-order goal in 90 days. The book I want to publish is "Nowhere Else I Want to Be," a memoir of ten of my years at Miriam's House.