How does moderate stress affect your desire/ability to write? Not minor stress like burnt toast, or major stress like your house just fell down a sinkhole, but a fight with a loved one, a fender-bender at the mall, financial woes?
I like to think I’m a pretty chill guy. (Not sure that’s always the case, but I like to think that. Remember, writers are delusional.) I try not to let stress, or any other distractions for that matter, get in the way of my writing.
I think my “daily quota” writing strategy helps in that regard because I know that once I hit my word count, I’m then free to attend to any pressing needs (like shopping or vacuuming or mowing the lawn or playing golf or writing blog posts).
I try to practice what I tell my workshop students: BICFOK!
Butt In Chair, Fingers On Keyboard.
If I can BICFOK for as long as it takes to hit my quota, then I’m good.
(And exercise helps with the stress, too.)
(Just ignore the man with the ax.)