I’m back from my holiday and things are getting back to normal. The holidays are almost over, which means I’ll be back to part time work for a couple of weeks before I move away to university. I feel like a lot is going on for me right now, with so many things to sort out and prepare before I leave.
Basically, my mind feels cluttered right now. With so much to do I feel like I should be doing everything at once. I still have over three weeks until I leave, so there’s plenty of time to get everything sorted, but that doesn’t seem to help me feel any less overwhelmed by it all.
I feel like this state of mind is transferring to my writing. My desk and my study are cluttered with all the things I’ve bought for university, and it all seems like such a distraction. I know a messy room isn’t much of an excuse, but I feel like it’s just another reminder of everything I have to do.
Considering I’m writing without an outline at the moment, this type of atmosphere does not lend itself well to creativity. But I can’t step away from writing – I don’t want to step away from writing anyway! – without it becoming a never-ending break. Besides, I promised myself at the start of this year that I wouldn’t let life get in the way of writing, and I do want to keep that promise.
Maybe all I need is a little time to think, possibly plan, and get my focus back. It’s hard to write when you’re unfocused, and I’m definitely finding it hard right now.
What do you think? Is it harder for you to write when you have a lot going on?