As many people don’t know, I have been (finally!) working on a new blog post to announce my return to the digital world and talking about where I’ve been hiding these past months. I was having a really rough time getting the words out and had only written about two hundred within the past four days. However, today was the day that nearly a thousand of them flooded my screen. Part I of my return post was complete. At least for a few short moments it was. You see, I had thought that I had saved my work when I went to go preview it. It hadn’t saved properly. I was in denial when I couldn’t scroll below the two hundred words… that’s when the anger hit and I screamed, nearly throwing my laptop before running out of the room in disbelief and horror. This is not a normal response from me and I know there are a lot of people who would not fully understand how much of an impact this moment had. However, I know that somewhere, there are people who totally get it.
It is amazing how much of a difference one second can make to your day and your life. I had just been smiling with pride moments before, excited about how the format would look finally published. Then I lost my mind and went to stand in the shower for a while before coming back to search for an article about coping with the loss of written work. There is no such article that I could find.
I thought that an article like that was sure to exist. How could it not? Google is supposed to have all of the answers in’t it? Actually no, it doesn’t and for the first time in my little life, Google let me down. I felt so alone, staring at the screen, realizing that maybe it was just me, alone with a blinking text cursor rubbing my fate in my face.
I would like to note that I am still going to rewrite my return post as though this one had never been written and hopefully it can be anywhere near as good as the original… but until then, here are some steps for coping with the loss of your written (or other creative) work.
I. Walk Away and Get Some Air.
II. Do Something Else for a Few Minutes (Hopefully something that makes you feel good… like sex or eating).
III. There Is More Where That Came From.
IV. It Doesn’t Have to be Exactly the Same to be Great.
V. Forget About It and Start Over Fresh.
VI. Rome Wasn’t Built In a Day (And I’m sure they had struggles too).
VII. You Are Not Alone.
VIII. Try Working on a Different Piece and Then Go Back to It.
IX. It’s Not Your Fault (Accidents happen. That’s what life and learning are all about).
X. This Too, Shall Pass.