Note: I included this infographic to raise awareness about autoimmune diseases. Many people go years before being diagnosed, so it’s good to know the symptoms.
I have been quite sick for the last couple of months, between a reoccurring flu, bronchitis an symptoms stemming from Hashimoto’s. So I wanted to share how I’ve been coping with that and still managing to keep writing, even though I haven’t come close to keeping to my writing goals.
For a while, I was getting stressed out because I wanted to be so much further along at this point than I am. I should have Episode 17 of my Shadow Stalker serial being edited, the short story I was working on should have been submitted to Crimson Edge (which isn’t going to happen now), and I should have been editing the manuscript of the first book in my new series, A God’s Deception.
As it is, I’m still trying to finish Episode 16, and it was due out today. I haven’t even started Episode 17. The short story is on hold now until I can get caught up with my Shadow Stalker episodes. I’m planning to release it as a bonus to my newsletter subscribers since I’m too late for submission in the anthology. And aside from some basic series planning, I haven’t even started my novel.
Then I realized, as long as I’m moving forward, it doesn’t matter if I’m meeting goals. I have medical and other real life issues that sometimes get in the way of my writing. It can’t be avoided, so there’s no use feeling bad or punishing myself when I can’t meet deadlines. All that does is make it worse and cause me to not want to bother trying at all.
So instead, I’m focusing on just doing something every day until I’m feeling better. Even if all I write is one sentence, it’s still more than I had yesterday, and eventually it will get done. These “bad times” don’t last forever, and when I’m well I write like a fiend, so that definitely makes up for it.
Are you a writer who suffers with an autoimmune disease? I’d love to hear about how you get through the rough times.