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Writing Under Adversity

by Cheryl Wyatt

As I pondered what to write about on this blog post, I wondered why it was taking me so long to think of a subject. Sure, I’d prayed, but my brain still felt dead and devoid of ideas. It dawned on me that a cumulative lack of sleep for the past two weeks is the likely culprit to my absence of ideas. The thought of even coming up with a subject seemed overwhelming.

Before I was able to get down on myself about that, God gently reminded me that I’d been a little busy for the past couple of weeks setting everything aside in order to care for my three girls, all of whom contracted pneumonia. Between trips to the doctor, calls to other doctors, trips to get prescriptions filled, x-rays done and not to mention the nursing and TLC being done at home, no wonder I was exhausted. Being an RN, when my little ones are sick, I don’t sleep well because I need to keep the vigil going.

As tough as a blog post is to write, it’s a drop in the pond compared to writing a novel. It dawned on me that I’ve never, ever once had a book deadline that life was normal. I have always had to write under adversity, this blog post included. LOL!

How do we do it? Write and press through to meet our deadlines when things are going berserk around us?

I pray like breathing, soak in his word, ask him for help and put things in God’s hands. I figure out what can be let go of and I simply drop it. How about you? Have you had to write under adversity lately? How did you get through it? Did your work suffer for it, or do you feel it strengthened the message in the prose? I’d love to hear about it.

Blessings,
Cheryl Wyatt

Cheryl Wyatt DecBorn Valentine’s Day on a Navy base, Cheryl Wyatt writes military romance. Her books earned RT Top Picks, a Reviewers’ Choice Award, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence final, plus #1 and #4 on Harlequin’s Top 10 Most-Blogged-About-Books, lists including NYT Bestsellers. She loves connecting with readers. Find her at www.CherylWyatt.com, https://www.facebook.com/CherylWyattAuthor or https://twitter.com/cherylwyatt.

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2 Responses to Writing Under Adversity

  1. Susan Mason says:

    So sorry about all the illness, Cheryl. Hope your girls are feeling lots better.

    Happy writing (with less adversity)!

    Cheers,
    Sue

  2. “I pray like breathing…” Wow. What a powerful phrase. It brought tears to my eyes (the good kind!). Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed your blog.

    ~Harvest