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Writing Through Stress with author M.L. Chesley

Please welcome my friend and fellow spec fic author, M.L. Chesley. She’s here with us today to talk about that little thing that gets in the way for just about everyone. Stress! For writers, boy what a pain it can be, huh? Well, M.L ‘s here to tell her own story  on …Writing Through Stress. Get this lady a cup of tea, I say! Now then, M.L. go ahead, dear. 🙂 The floor is yours..

Writing Through Stress

by M.L. Chesley

Adversarius_200x300We’ve all had them. Hours, days or even weeks and months of stress. Sometimes you can just feel when you’re going to get hit with something, and others, come right out of the blue.

I have had one of those months. Some of the stress was good, if that is possible, and the rest, not so good.

My daughter gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on May 18th. The time leading up to it was a bit stressful, especially the last couple weeks. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to go visit my daughter at all. We were short-handed at work, we didn’t have gas money, lots of other little things going on. It was kind of hectic. But my sweet granddaughter took pity on her ol’ gramma and was born on a Saturday, right after payday. Bless her heart.

My son graduated from high school the very next day. Got his first job at the local movie theater and then announced one day that he didn’t feel very good. Felt like he was having a heart attack.

Ended up being a partially collapsed lung that eventually required surgery to force it to reattach to the cavity wall. He spent two weeks in the hospital.

In all of that time, during all of that activity, and worry, and stress, I had lots of opportunity to write. I had chance after chance to revise my second book, and even had tons of other ideas pop up in my brain.

Did I write any of it down?

The ideas, yes. But I didn’t start writing or revising until a week after my son was out of the hospital.

For me, stress tends to shut me down. I do need to do other things to take my mind off of a lot of it, yes, but I tend to do mindless things. Play games, watch T.V., read. I have so much going on in my brain, that I usually don’t have room for doing anything that requires a lot of thinking. And fantasy requires a lot of thought. Even if I did write things down, make a list of things that needed to be done, I still felt overwhelmed.

Some people can write through stress, and that’s great. But if you have a lot going on, you have to give yourself permission to walk away from the writing world sometimes. Very hard thing to do, but you gotta make sure you take care of yourself first, sometimes.

So, feeling stressed? Take a break! It’s okay, I give you permission.


M. L. Chesley is an Alaska based author, online blogger and MMORPG junkie. She has been writing fantasy for several years. Between writing, work and family she barely has time for much gaming, but some days, raids take precedence over all. If you would like to learn more about her world, created in this book, go to You can also follow her blog at On  Twitter: @MLChesley and Facebook:
She is the author of Adversarius.

Adversarius: Shadow of the Rose (book one)

Two kingdoms, two goals.
The king of Relavia is determined to wipe out his warring neighbors in Paridzule, a worthy adversary for over five hundred years. News of an arranged marriage between his son and the daughter of his lifelong enemy has fueled the temper of Relavia’s tyrannical king. What he doesn’t realize is the true measure of his son’s honor and how far he is willing to go to gain peace.

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4 thoughts on “Writing Through Stress with author M.L. Chesley

  1. Thanks for having me, Juli! And thank you, Brianna. He’s doing well, healing fast and my granddaughter is growing just as rapidly. 🙂 Things have calmed down and the writing has ensued, but I certainly had to take a break. 🙂

  2. I’m glad everything with your son turned out okay. I am definitely stressed right now and my writing has been sent to the back burner because of it. It’s so hard to stay focused when there’s a million things going on.

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