Tessa Smith McGovern
I’ve been writing and publishing for twenty years and, until recently, had never experienced writer’s block until my Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. I found I couldn’t write about anything but my Dad, and then, after a few months, I couldn’t even write about him, it hurt too much. I gave up my regular gig writing short stories for BCtheMagazine (NJ), which I’d been doing for 9 years. I just let the block be. I was busy running BookGirlTV, interviewing writers, so I was still around stories and writing, although I could feel a shrinking of my heart, which I put down to not writing. This summer (he died April 2, 2013, I started meeting with a friend and we’d give each other prompts to write to. Now I’m making myself write something short- less than a page usually – about once a week. It’s slow going, but it feels like some sort of emotional housekeeping, so that’s okay. Progress, not perfection, right?!