My guest today is Pamela Thibodeaux who I am certain is a distant cousin by some stretch of my family tree.  (My maiden name is Thibault and I know many of my great-greats experienced a spelling change as they made their way down to Louisiana.)   Please welcome multi-published author and presumed distant cousin, Pamela Thibodeaux.

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As a writer we’re taught to schedule regular time to sit down and write, daily or at the very least, weekly.

Major life changes such as long-term illness and/or death of a loved one can sap the creativity right out of a person.

What’s a writer to do?

If you’re unpublished or simply working on your latest WIP and the work is not under contract, then you can put it aside until the crisis is over.

Promotional efforts for your published works can usually be rescheduled or if absolutely necessary, cancelled.

But what if you’re under contract with deadlines?

Talk about it!

Many long-term illnesses don’t start out that way. A cold turns into flu, flu to pneumonia, pneumonia to pleurisy, and so forth. If you’re under contract deadlines, contact your editor at the start of anything that may turn into a major life change before things get out of control. Now I’m not saying call your editor every time you or one of your loved one’s get the sniffles but if what begins or appears as something minor lingers and could fluctuate into a major illness, you need to let your editor know what is happening and keep him or her informed throughout the period.

Staying in contact with those you’re committed to will help them reschedule their workload to the benefit of all involved.

What if the incident is unexpected or all-of-a-sudden?

Do your best to honor your contract but let your editor know what happened and if necessary, get an extension on your deadlines. In most instances editors will go to bat for their authors and do everything within their power to reschedule their releases to compensate for times like these.

If the life changing incident happens to be the death of a loved one, especially someone in your immediate family (spouse, child, parent, sibling), the most important thing you can do for yourself and your writing is take time to heal. Even if this means not writing for a while or writing something totally different, give yourself adequate time to recover from the shock and pain.

Your writing as well as mental, physical, emotional & spiritual well being will be better for it.

Author Bio: Award-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the author of 5 novels (4 part Tempered Series ~ Com Star Media & The Inheritance ~ White Rose Publishing) and 5 (soon to be 6!) short stories through White Rose Publishing.

She is the Co-Founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana and a member of White Roses in Bloom Authors.

Her writing has been tagged as, “Inspirational with an Edge!” and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.”

Website address: http://www.pamelathibodeaux.com

Blog: http://pamswildroseblog.blogspot.com

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