Writing Crisis? 8 Reasons Why & How to Conquer Them: Part 8 of 8

Writing Crisis? 8 Reasons Why & How to Conquer Them: Part 8 of 8

Note: This is the final installation of an eight-part series. Did you miss part one? Read it here.
 Photo courtesy of Ali Yahya on Unsplash

Photo courtesy of Ali Yahya on Unsplash

Reason 8

I have too much drama/stress/change in my life to write.


If chaos is a necessary step in the organization of one's universe, then I was well on my way. Wendelin Van Draanen
“We think we can plan our lives," he muttered. "We think we can model reality. But chaos is an intrusive, inconsiderate bitch.” Linda Nagata
I have even been known to purchase my family some extra underwear, so I can stretch out the time between loads of laundry․‥(is that bad?).Lisa Lipkind Leibow

We’ve all had them: The days when it seems more humane to bang your head against the monitor than, say, commit homicide.

But a bit less satisfying.

The washer overflows, dinner gets burned, and your puppy develops a taste for sheep manure—rolling in it and eating it.

You have to mop up, nuke something else, and catch the dung dabbler so you have the pleasure of washing the crap off him, literally.

Lucky, lucky me.

It would be easy to fall into a bottle of Jack and post the dog on Craig’s List.

Instead, you laugh and toast The Universe for being so perverse.

Then you write about it.

Easier. And a lot more satisfying.


One person's data is another person's noise.K.C. Cole
drama, drama, drama. In real life it isn't a good thing, but on my pages it's magic #writing Tasha Kreger @TK_McGill
Our real discoveries come from chaos, from going to the place that looks wrong and stupid and foolish.Chuck Palahniuk
Reason 8 Focus Question
Write down your answer.
How can writing relieve the stress in your life?


Writing Exercise 8
  • Write a letter to whomever or whatever is causing stress and drama in your life. Tell them all the ways their actions are upsetting you.
  • Share every moment of despair, every slight, every inaction that caused you harm. Continue adding to the letter as events transpire.
  • Seal the letter in an envelope. Burn the letter.
  • Use the stressful situation as the setting for your next story. Change the nagging sister into the nosy neighbor, adjust the outcome, add more drama and intrigue.
  • Switch the elements to turn your personal chaos into a story all its own.

Learn more about writing during periods of chaos and stress

Write on

For me, writing, at times, can be an awful, miserable experience. Not writing is ten times worse.

As a favor to yourself—no matter the circumstances—write. Write and write and write.

Remember every time you sit at the computer, you write because you are called to write, because writing expands you and fulfills you and comforts you in a way no other thing can.

And if find yourself, once again, making excuses, work your way through the exercises. And write.

Write and write and write.


Writing is not life, but I think that sometimes it can be a way back to life.Stephen King

For further reference
  1. For me, writing has become a burden rather than a joy.
  2. I have nothing to say.
  3. I don’t want to write/post/publish if it isn’t perfect.
  4. I’m not sure where to start.
  5. I don’t want to sound stupid or uninformed.
  6. I don’t have time to write.
  7. What is the point? Why does it matter if I write?
  8. I have too much drama/stress/change in my life to write.
Writing Crisis? 8 Reasons Why & How to Conquer Them: Part 7 of 8

Writing Crisis? 8 Reasons Why & How to Conquer Them: Part 7 of 8