‘Hey, Frank, Where Ya’ Been?’

This was the Subject line of an e-mail I received recently. The writer (yes, you’ve guessed it) was American and wanted to know why this blog had dried up.

He certainly had a point. And it got me thinking. Why had I been neglecting the blog?

The first answer came easily (too easily, as you’ll see if you read on!).

In November I was asked if I’d go back to full-time teaching to cover for a colleague who would be away until the end of December.

I agreed, but the reality of day-to-day teaching soon kicked in. I’d got out of the routine and this, together with the burden of class preparation and marking assessments - as well as dealing with the hundred and one other things that crop up in a teacher’s daily life - more or less floored me!

Ever wondered why teachers get such long holidays? Try working with young people who are coming at you non-stop five days a week and you’ll soon know!

I certainly enjoyed my full-time spell back in the classroom, but, to be truthful, I was glad when it was over.

Back to my writing and doing the things I enjoy in life.

So why didn’t posts to the blog come pouring in?

This led me to the more honest answer.

RESISTANCE.

Yes, the enemy of writers and creative people the world over, since the beginning of time:

RESISTANCE:

  • call it writer’s block
  • call it excuses
  • call it procrastination
  • call it rationalising
  • call it what you will

- but it’s the one true enemy within, as far as any creative activity is concerned.

We all suffer from it from time to time. In fact, some people suffer from it constantly.

Even our kids at school come up against it. That’s why they find excuses for not completing assignments, or they feel ill, or they switch off, or they decide other things are more important or - - - - (fill in the blanks with any of the thousands of other excuses).

Thank goodness I’m over my resistance now, but again, if I’m truthful, I’ll admit that resistance is the writer’s constant companion, and to combat it you have to discipline yourself and get on with it anyway - whatever it happens to be.

But here’s one good thing that’s come out of it.

I’ve now got an idea for a new non-fiction book which I’ll aim at young people.

It will explore Resistance: what it is, how you can recognize it, and – most importantly – what you can do to overcome it. Because it’s well-known that education and learning are the primary targets of resistance.

I’m up to my eyes with my publisher, editing another book right now - or is that me giving in to resistance already ? :-)

Anyway, I’ll keep you posted!

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