So, here we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic.
What effect will it have on writers?
If, like me, you are self-employed and working from home, it’s business as usual. Our clients who work in publishing are scrambling to transition from working in the office to working at home. That might slow communication a bit, but, for the most part, not much has changed.
For other writers, most are self-isolating at varying degrees.
Here are a few things to think about.
Being forced to stay at home provides coveted time to dig into works in progress. If you fall into this category, use the time wisely. Write . . . write . . . write!
If you have time to write but the Coronavirus distraction makes it difficult for you to concentrate on your work in progress, write just for fun. Pretend to be Ogden Nash, Dr. Seuss or Erma Bombeck. Write something humorous. A fellow author, Steve Goodier, said:
“A sense of humor helps us to get through the dull times, cope with the difficult times, enjoy the good times and manage the scary times.”
If you feel too stressed to write, try journaling. Your thoughts and feelings during this time might be key to what you write in the future. Some of our best literature came from authors who lived through times of war, economic depressions and illness. I put the apostle Paul in this category. If anyone weathered a multitude of storms, it was Paul! Thirteen New Testament books are attributed to him. In them, he shares his wisdom, thoughts and feelings, words passed down through generations and just as relevant and applicable today.
If you can’t write during this difficult time, read—Read to learn or to escape for awhile from reality. Read the Bible and pray.
We are all in this together—the whole world—not just our country, but most other countries great and small. That alone is amazing. We isolate at home and maybe feel some loneliness and disconnect. But the big picture is WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. We aren’t alone. Every family, every individual, every writer is in this. We are united and we are strong. Together we will get through it. We’ll celebrate when “normal” returns and we are either too busy to write or too busy writing to do much else.
Be well. Hold tightly to faith and hope.
Better days are coming.
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