The Coronavirus has taken possession of the media causing writers all over the world to say they can’t settle their thoughts enough to write. Maybe you can relate. You sit down to write a piece of fiction, but the words won’t come. That’s okay! There’s something you can do right now to improve your fiction writing in the future:
Start a Coronavirus journal.
In fiction writing, thoughts lead characters to act. Your thoughts right now are likely all over the place! But if you can organize them and work through them, you can apply what you learn to characters in your stories and write better fiction.
Use the following questions to guide each journal entry. Dig deep with your answers. Try to get at the roots of your thoughts and feelings. Think about how you can shift negatives to positives.
What thoughts are playing through my head today? Am I facing a problem? What is it?
What emotions am I feeling? Can I identify the cause of my emotions?
What is one thing I can do today to stay grounded?
What is one thing I can do today to solve my problem or to feel better?
What is one thing I can do today to shift my negative mindset to positive?
When your head is clear of the Coronavirus, see if you can apply some of your thoughts and emotions to write great characters who your readers can connect with emotionally.
A key phrase connected with Coronavirus is “We are all in this together.” But while we are in this together, we face different battles. Some battle depression. Some fight the virus and win. Some lose the fight. Everyone’s story is different.
Journal your Coronavirus story today. Then bank it. Store it away for that time in the future when things begin to feel normal again.
You will write again, and you will write well—
better than before you ever heard
the acronym CoVid-19.
Be well, my friends, and stay well.
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