Writers go through it when deadlines near, when a scene doesn’t come together the way they expect it to, and the absolute worst of all, when they sit at their computer and there’s not one word inside their heads.
The imagination has gone on vacation and didn’t tell anyone.Then there are the times we writers are buried under work and we wonder if it will all get done in time. I think of it as going forward one word at a time.
Yes, there’s everyday panic. You go shopping and realize your list is at home. Will you remember to pick up everything you had on it or forget something … or three? Times it’s happened to me I’ve wanted to slap myself upside the head. Then I mentally hear “take a chill pill, Aunt Lin” from my niece. She knows how I am when I’m grocery shopping. Shopping at the mall is more pleasure. Other shopping is a chore and I want to get in and get out without having to think about it.
And then there's the panic if you’re meeting new people. “Will they like me?” “Don’t have red wine because I might spill it.”
I’ve discovered that a little bit of panic is a good thing. It sharpens your mind. At least it does mine. I remind myself if I panic, I take steps backwards, while if I use that panic to my advantage, I utilize it to go forward.
Nothing happens if I forget a few things at the store. Unless it’s dog food and there’s none at home. Hungry dogs are cranky dogs. :} Then it's a quick trip back to the store.
So don’t sweat it, don’t let panic overtake you. Think of how you can use to help yourself.