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Writing Into the Unknown

Megan Norris Jones

Some people have compared our nation’s experience with the pandemic to the grieving process. Denial (that’s just in China!), bargaining (let’s stay home for a couple of weeks, and then this will all be better), anger (you can’t make me wear a mask!), depression (I’m going to get it no matter what I do), and acceptance. I’m not sure what acceptance looks like because I don’t think we’ve gotten there. 

From a creativity perspective, these months of upheaval and uncertainty have definitely affected my writing life, bringing it almost to a standstill. For a while, everything else was blocked out by the enormity of the pandemic. Events popped up on my calendar, and I just deleted them. Nothing was going to happen. All I did was devour news about the coronavirus. Even areas of my life previously devoted to writing shifted to focus on the disease. Half our weekly WriteOwls phone call was consumed by discussion of the pandemic. I quit reading fiction. I quit watching television and movies. I stopped midway through an audiobook. I sat down to write in fits and starts, but I didn’t produce much. I developed a hyperawareness of the fragility not just of my physical life but also of the activities and relationships that once filled my life.

Sure, some of my writing problems were scheduling issues, since the time I had blocked out for writing didn’t exist any more, and instead I was suddenly shifting to homeschool mode. But I can always stay up later or get up earlier to make time to write. I just wasn’t in a headspace for creating stories in the face of so many unknowns. Even when I was at the bargaining stage of hoping for a return to normal before the school year was out, I knew deep down that this experience was reshaping our culture in profound ways that I couldn’t yet identify. And if the whole world changed, then would the stories I’ve written and am writing even make sense in that new world? Continue reading

Insomniacs Anonymous 5-11-20

During the COVID-19 pandemic, are you drawn to or turned off by books that take place during a pandemic? If you’re drawn to them, what are some you’ve been reading?

Find Your People to Stay Positive, Keep Writing

Laura Ayo

If you’re like me, you’re seeking positivity anywhere you can find it these days. Thankfully, the writing community is one of the most encouraging support systems I’ve ever encountered, and they have not disappointed when it comes to offering humor, inspiration, reality checks and a much-needed distraction during the uncertainty accompanying a global pandemic. Continue reading

Take Care of Yourselves

Under normal circumstances, we would post a Write by Midnight Pep Talk today, but our priorities have shifted in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the coming weeks, we hope you will do everything to stay healthy, protect yourself and tend to your physical and mental well-being.

Reading a book  is a good distraction from endless negative reports about the state of the world. Many resources for audiobooks have become available for free in recent days, so take advantage of these great options. Then, share the titles you’re enjoying with the WriteOwls community so others can check them out, as well.

Writing about your feelings is a proven method for reducing stress and easing anxieties, so consider journaling during these uncertain times.

While the writing process is often a solitary task, it’s also important to stay connected with others while you’re putting good social distancing habits into practice. There are thousands of writers, editors, agents and publishers who are sharing their journeys on social media. So follow some of your favorites for a healthy dose of “we’re all in this together” and to hear how others are coping with staying at home.

Schedule a regular time to call your writer friends to keep your community in tact. Talking to them at a set time will help you stay motivated as you establish new routines for your daily life and your writing.

Leave a comment here or Tweet us @writeowls to keep in touch and let us know how you’re doing.