Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Autoimmune Writeritis


Well, my exam looms closer and closer. Yesterday, I was procrastinating in rather fantastic form.

I'm so good at that!

But was I studying about lupus, and many other diseases called "autoimmune diseases" and a post idea popped up, and so here it is.

Autoimmune diseases occur when our bodies produce antibodies to our own tissues. Normally, we're trying to attack the bad stuff outside ourselves (bacteria, viruses).

But occasionally, our bodies get confused and we attack ourselves. These diseases, such as Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma...and there are a ton more...can be debilitating and even fatal.

So it brought me to writing again. (Call me obsessive, but whatever. It always seems to come back to writing!)

That little antibody to ourselves could be procrastination. It could be fear; it could be horrific self-flagellation.

When it comes to writing, are you your worst enemy? How?

44 comments:

Christine Fonseca said...

Oh yes...absolutely I am my WORST enemy. Just ask my CPs!

Liza said...

Lack of confidence eats at me. Continued writing exercises are making me stronger, but relapses occur sometimes...

Renae said...

I go through fazes, I have days where my confidence is up and I can write for hours. Then there are those down days where procrastination takes over and I my confidence lags. I hate those days!

Again...good luck with your exam!

Maria Zannini said...

I get the 'Idontwannas'.

It can be recurring, but it is treatable with ample amounts of caffeine.

Misha said...

My muse can sometimes be my worst enemy.

She whips me to glorious zones, then leaves me to fall into days worth of doldrums.

Then takes me out of them, but confuses thing by giving me yet another book idea...

My other big enemy is time. Between studying, socialising, reading, movies etc. etc. precious little time seems to flow through to my one true love - writing...

Maybe I have a short attention span. Hmm... Bears thinking about.

:-)

Jaydee Morgan said...

I can definitely be my own worst enemy at times - especially when it comes to procrastination. Someone really must find a cure for that

B.E. Sanderson said...

Self-doubt would probably be my evil antibody. As long as I can hold it off, I'm fine, but the moment I come down with symptoms, it can take weeks to fight the damn thing off.

Kerri C at CK Farm said...

Oh yes, sometimes. It is nothing that can't be fixed with chocolate, taking a day off, and shopping. Then I can go back with a clear head.

storyqueen said...

Doubt.

It is killing me right now.

Yikes.

Shelley

Joanne said...

It's not so much myself that is my worst enemy, as the laundry pile, cooking dinner, chores that call me away from the writing at hand. So these would be outside forces?

Saumya said...

Ah, a medical metaphor to writing. Perfect thing to read first thing in the morning :) Maybe we should stop attacking ourselves!

Piedmont Writer said...

Absolutely 100%. I can procrastinate with the best of them.

Bee said...

Procrastination is definitely my worst enemy when it comes to writing.
Like right now.
I should be writing, not blogging.

:-|

Bossy Betty said...

Is there a vaccine for this?

Munk said...

Perfectionism... though if you reviewed my work you might not believe it true.

Carol Kilgore said...

Yes, I am. For sure. In many ways.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Self doubt invades my brain cells all of the time...Am I wasting my time? Should I be doing something else? What else can I do?

MT said...

Don't you wish procrastination was a key character trait needed to get into heaven? We're all really good at it! :)

Cheyanne said...

I actually have lupus, so IT is my worst enemy when it comes to writing. There are days when I'm so exhausted I can't even read a book, let alone write one.

And other days when I'm excited to write, I get horrible bouts of brain fog and can't even remember my character's names.

Lupus sucks!

Krispy said...

Between fear and procrastination, I think procrastination wins. I am like the QUEEN of procrastination. If there's some random, mindless way to waste time, I will find it. -__-'

Holly Ruggiero, Southpaw said...

Yes for me too.

Jai Joshi said...

Sadness is my worst enemy. I guess you really could call that attacking myself.

Autoimmune Sadness.

Jai

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JEM said...

Oh, for sure! Telling myself I can't do it before anyone else has had a chance to look at the writing? Yeah. Definitely auto-immune.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Oh yeah! I don't want to be like the breakout band with one solid album and the sophomore effort sucks.

Sandy Shin said...

:D This post makes me grin so, so hard. Autoimmune writeritis is what I'll be calling it now!

I'm definitely my worst enemy when it comes to writing, because I can be trusted to talk myself into believing everything about my manuscript -- up to it being absolutely terrible and not worth the hours I spend working on it.

The Red Angel said...

Awesome analogy. Best of luck on your exam. :)

I definitely think I'm my worst enemy and best friend as well. I can choose to write and how much I write and what I write (aka how much I accomplish), but that means I have to make decisions that are either a hindrance (like procrastinating) or a good thing (I get 10k in a week).


~TRA

http://xtheredangelx.blogspot.com

Faith said...

Oh yes... like others on here, I have a terrible procrastination habit. *shudder* It's a bit of a mental disease that I need to overcome... mind over mood, as they say.

Lynn said...

Procrastination is my symptom but fear of not being successful at it is the disease. Best wishes with your exam!

DL Hammons said...

Hit it on the bullseye!!! What now? Do I take two aspirin and call you in the morning? Can I be cured?? :)

Laura Pauling said...

I'm learning to overcome selfdoubt when creating my story. I'm trying to be willing to go bigger and bolder.

Laraine Eddington said...

I have a lot of worthwhile things to do and writing is hard so I can put if off without a guilty conscience.

lbdiamond said...

Yeah, I'm my own worst enemy on many fronts. I constantly think my writing is crap, then I psych myself out and hesitate when revising, writing first drafts, writing query letters, drafting synopses, etc.

The good thing is that I can get glimpses of liking my writing, LOL!

Good luck with your recert exam!!!

Medeia Sharif said...

My doubt and occasional sluggishness are enemies to my writing.

Heather said...

Great comparison like only you could make! I think a lot of times we are our own worst enemy when it comes to our writing. Doubt can set in and make you second guess yourself into never moving forward. I however laugh in doubt's face!

Patti Lacy said...

:You are one great writer!
Yep, I can procrastinate, but signed contracts have rid me o' that nasty bug!!!

May you ACE that test!!

Goin' back in the writing cave,
Patti

The Words Crafter said...

Yikes!!! I just wrote a comment about this very thing on someone's post!!! Confirmation. Dang.

Me-fear and procrastination. At least now I have a name for it....thanks.

I'm sure you don't need it, but good luck on your upcoming exam!

The Words Crafter said...

Yikes!!! I just wrote a comment about this very thing on someone's post!!! Confirmation. Dang.

Me-fear and procrastination. At least now I have a name for it....thanks.

I'm sure you don't need it, but good luck on your upcoming exam!

Amanda Sablan said...

I'm definitely my own worst enemy. Besides self-doubt, no matter what kind of deadline I set for myself, I never reach it. I'm too slow of a writer...

Terri Tiffany said...

I am!! Cause I put it off somedays. Good luck with your exams!

salarsenッ said...

Oh, yes. Plainly stated: my doubts. Blah...and I love your diagram. LOL

Jennifer Shirk said...

Totally. The only person holding me back is myself.

LeishaMaw said...

Love it! :)

I left you an award on my blog.

DEZMOND said...

can be fatal? So it means that our body can kill us just like that :((((