Advice for us Writers during COVID-19

Hello and welcome back! If you read my previous blog post, COVID-19: What’s Going on? then you know that currently my time is freed up, like so many of us during this time.

In the last post, I mentioned that today I would be posting up a lot, and there are two reasons for that. One I just checked my calendar and I noticed how long it has been since I was last on here, which was about a month, secondly, I have a lot on my mind, and for three I need to keep busy, which probably for a lot of us we are trying to do without killing those that are around us. I do not condone the act of murder during this time or any time. You might think that I’m joking about that last statement, and probably I am. However, if there is one group of us that need to keep our heads cool during this time, it is us writers.

While others are out buying lots of toilet paper and other times that they did not buy in bulk before, does not mean that we should be going crazy with out writing. However, I will adjust my statement in that this maybe the perfect time to experiment with your writing, such as writing something that you never have done before.

The latter can go so many different ways, such as writing a genre that you have done before or even finding an online writing group and trying your hand at writing sprints. Whatever you find, try it and see what it does for your writing.

On the other hand, you could also learn something new like researching a topic and see if that peaks your interest to where you can tell a story that centers around this topic that you have discovered.

As the Renaissance was a period of discovery, use this time that you are home as your own period of discovery. Test your limits as a writer and see what it does for you. Granted, if you find something that does not work for you as a writer, then mark it does as it didn’t work. It’s fine. Don’t judge yourself too hard right now.

Remember, you can always go back to the way that you have done things before and if that method works best then you know that it does. Take yourself out of the shell. I know its hard right now, since everything is closed. But when it comes to your muse, you need to find a way to keep him/her busy.

If that muse is chugging along and you’re not, then find away to catch up to your muse. This one time when your muse and your mind are thinking away and your body may not be, because for once you are like I have nothing to do, I can watch television or watch a movie or read a book. While these are activities that I have mentioned before to use for your writing, but while you are doing these activities make notes that you can refer to and transfer them into your writing.

This should be a time of growth in terms of writing and creativity.

Now, if you are working from home, do your job-but after work shut down that work computer. Take your time to eat your dinner and then work on your craft. No need to go from being employed to being unemployed during this time. This is not the time to go hog wild on that idea.

The world is going crazy enough, if you want proof of that go to a Walmart or a Target and see it for yourself. I have and its nuts.

Take my advice and take a deep breath and take the time to study and work on your craft like you normally do, and you will come out happier and probably more successful.

I hope that this post as brought you clarity and some thought about your craft.

Thank you and I wish you a very blessed writing day! Happy Writing and happy creating!

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