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Several weeks now I’ve suffered silently with severe bouts of extreme stomach discomfort.
For the first few weeks I expressed little concern for my long-term well-being. Surely everyone must experience this once or twice in their life, I thought.
Like most experiencing this condition, I’d start my—session—with a tucked newspaper under my arm as I headed to my quiet space. I’d sit down, roll-up my sleeves, and read a few paragraphs of the daily news before getting down to business. But I found myself tensing up, which absolutely didn’t help, and I’d find thirty-minutes would pass in a heartbeat without affording any relief to my gut-wrenching discomfort.
Although a few weeks passed, I wasn’t quite ready to seek professional help. I suppose I was in denial, so instead I decided to try a few home remedies.
I dimmed the lights and played some smooth jazz. No luck. I tried some light exercise to no avail. Finally, I began to exponentially increase my daily caffeine intake; I hear coffee works wonders for people suffering from this awful, uncomfortable condition.
And here we are today; now ten weeks later still suffering from this horrible condition. But I’m no longer embarrassed, and am here to seek professional help. I’m suffering from a severe case of writers-block.
It would seem work-life balance is taking a toll on my creative writing. Maybe it’s the eleven-hour workdays, coupled with other demands like household chores, exercise, and family obligations. I’m not sure. Lately, the gut-wrenching stomach discomfort I feel is brought on whenever I realize that I haven’t had the slightest inkling to sit down and put pen to paper. I don’t think about writing unless it’s watching the deadlines zoom by for my posts due for Today’s Author, and I haven’t logged a single plot or character ideas in my writers’ notebook, which for the past three years has happened at least once weekly.
My mind is a cluttered-mess. Please tell me this condition will pass?