Coming Back after an Injury
I developed a pinched nerve
A couple of weeks ago, I developed horrible pain in my left leg from a pinched nerve in my back. L5-S1, if you’re interested.
I do not recommend it.
For two weeks, here’s what I did: tried to get comfortable, tried to get through pain, tried to get some sleep. I saw the Seattle skyline out our living room windows at many times of the day and night.
My husband has been a rock.
Given how much pain I was in, my life became about just a few essentials. I focused on taking care of myself. And I focused on my husband’s love and devotion and support.
I’m grateful that I don’t have to worry about medical bills; that I have good health insurance and access to excellent care.
After two weeks, I try to start writing again
For those first two weeks, my pain was so bad and my focus on taking care of myself was so complete, I felt as though I’d had a sort of vacation. A vacation in hell, you understand. But when I came back to what I call my Conspiracy Play, I felt as distant from it as if I hadn’t seen it for a year.
I’d lost the voices of the characters. I didn’t remember what I had planned for the plot. I couldn’t figure out what could happen next.
If only I’d had some sort of plan
Here’s what I wish I’d provided for myself.
- For each character, a best example of his or her voice.
- For each important pair of characters, a best example of how they interact.
- Notes about what I was planning to work on the next day, the next week.
- Notes about what inspired me to write this play in the first place.
Of course, this wouldn’t have to be a straitjacket, just a set of guidelines. I could always change my mind. But I wouldn’t feel so lost if I had to take a break.
How do you help yourself when you have this problem?
How do you deal with picking up where you left off with a play? Do you have any suggestions?
Please post them here!
P.S. I had to drop out of “Spinning into Butter”
My last blog post was character analysis for playing Kenney in “Spinning into Butter” with quiet Productions. I had to leave the show. I hated to, but I couldn’t even walk, and I knew they needed as much time as possible to find a replacement.