Friday, October 05, 2012

Scriptus Interruptus

I wonder if I'm the only one who gets cranky and irritable when a great writing session gets interrupted.  The other day, I was cruising along with my 5 AM writing session before I left for school and I was on a roll.  Deep into the story.  Messy plot points were clicking into place.  Tangled logic was untangling itself.  It was great.

Then I looked at the clock.  And I had to stop.  I had to stop because I am a teacher, which I love being, and teachers can't be late for work.  It's not just bad form.  It's a minor disaster.  You can't do it.

So I had to stop writing.  And I was ticked off and in high cranky mode for the rest of the day.  It was worse than PMS.  I think my students could sense it because they were not at their best that day either, which didn't help matters.

I honestly believe my day of irritability was a direct result of what I'm dubbing scriptus interruptus.  Mind you, having to stop in the midst of a productive writing session can be a good thing.  It means I have a place to pick up from the next day so it's easier to get rolling.  Most of the time, I'm okay with that.  I've been able to embrace that.  With my school-year writing schedule, I've had to embrace that.

But sometimes ... it just ticks me off.


  1. As a writer and a teacher myself, I can ABSOLUTELY, 100%, FULLY GUARANTEE, this to be the case.
    What's even worse for me, is my writing keeps taking precedent over the marking I need to do.
    And that is a danger all and of itself that I have to rectify this Thanksgiving weekend.
    Turkey and a Red Pen.

    1. I see by the time stamp on your comment that you also suffer from that old teacher and writer standby, lack of sleep. When I get teacher insomnia, my writing is often what gets my mind of the thousand and one school things running through my brain. Mind you, I still don't get any sleep.

    2. I really must watch my tendency to overuse the phrase "mind you."


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