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How Has Social Distancing and Solitude Affected Your Writing?

“’I wish it need not have happened in my time,’ said Frodo. ‘So do I,’ said Gandalf, ‘and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.’”
—J.R.R. Tolkein

I haven’t posted here since June. Truthfully, I haven’t felt motivated to write, and I’m not alone. I’ve heard from many writer friends that they just don’t feel like writing or doing much else. The Coronavirus, politics, civil unrest, all of it has our brains filled to capacity leaving little room for creativity.

One of my clients, an editor at a publishing company, told me that next week, September 8, her team will finally be in the office together after almost six months. They’ve been combining working from home with skeleton staff onsite. I’m sure being together will be welcome, but different. Social distancing, hand sanitizer, masks . . .

Everything is different now. We’ve had to change how we navigate the world and how we interact.

When the pandemic began, as a freelancer working from home I thought not much would change. Solitude and some social distancing were my normal. But after a month or so, I started longing for mornings at the coffee shop, sipping a white chocolate raspberry latte, watching people come and go and listening to the chatter around me. I missed breaking from my work-in-progress to run errands midday and taking my laptop to the lake, writing there, watching the dog walkers and children playing in the park. Summer evenings were eerily quiet without distant sounds from local festivals and concerts in the park.

I’ve realized how much the world around me has a positive effect on my writing. All of the little normal things feed my creativity. A conversation overheard in the coffee shop, a new product on a store shelf, a game children play on the beach, sights, sounds—all of them wove their way into my writing without me even being aware. Now I struggle to write what is happy and bright. I find myself searching for ideas in my imagination or from my memories.

The controversial French author, Collette, wrote: “There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall.” 

How has solitude affected your writing?
I hope you will comment.

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Why a Coronavirus Journal Could Make You a Better Writer

Discouraged-Writer-2The 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.

mp,550x550,matte,ffffff,t.u3You will write again, and you will write well—
better than before you ever heard
the acronym CoVid-19.
Believe that!

Be well, my friends, and stay well.

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