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How to Focus on your Writing when You’re having a Bad Day

There is no type of person, or person in any particular profession, who holds a monopoly on the right to have a bad day. It happens to everyone, in every walk of life, when nothing seems to go right on any given day, often for no discernible reason. The way in which one views a bad day and attempts to go about dealing with it, however, will go a long way to determining how successfully one copes with the challenges such an event represents and very likely limit the damage caused by any associated problems or occurrences.

There are many professions where simply having a bad day need not affect one’s abilities to perform one’s daily duties to any great extent. These professions are those where one is required to perform a subscribed task, day in and day out, and even where one may not be feeling at one’s personal best, routine and established practise will kick in to ensure more often than not that the job is done as required. Professions such as writing, however, where daily routine is almost entirely dependant upon mental creativity, are far more susceptible to interruption to one extent or another when one is having a bad day, even in a wholly unrelated context.

A bad day can take many shapes or forms but as and how it pertains to one’s writing is largely subject to one’s level of mental discipline. Barring where the nature of the bad day is related to a great personal tragedy, or in some other way so bad that one could not be expected to focus upon one’s writing, focusing on writing when having a bad day is something which one simply has to find a means to achieve.

The first thing that one should consider under such circumstances is the possibility of changing one’s location away from where the events causing the bad day are likely to intrude. If one normally writes in the family home and a family argument is the root of the problem, one should perhaps consider retreating to the local library to focus on one’s writing for a time. Alternatively – weather permitting – a beautiful park or other outdoor venue may help one to relax, forget external influences for a time and concentrate purely upon being creative and producing one’s best writing.

If the cause of the bad day is not so simple that a straightforward change of location is likely to help, one should briefly analyse the causes of the bad day, their potential implications and determine either to attempt to remove those causes prior to writing or schedule a later time at which they can be addressed. Simply making a decision in this way and knowing how and when the issues will be taken in to account can often help to put closure on them for a time and allow one to focus more effectively on one’s writing.

A writer’s life is one which requires a great deal of self-discipline be developed and practised often, for many different reasons. Where all else fails and it appears that the bad day is through no one particular cause but merely a cruel combination of coincidences, it may very well be the case that one simply has to drawn on inner reserves of strength, focus one’s thoughts as best as one can and simply get on with one’s creative tasks to the best of one’s acquired abilities.

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