How Top Writers Are Using Quarantine To Publish
As you know, we are currently dealing with an international health crisis.
People experience a variety of feelings about this. Denial, stress, anger, fear, and panic–all of the natural feelings humans experience when faced with a crisis.
However, here in the Writing Gym we are all about being real and having real solutions.
I’ve been working with writers for a long time, and one of the most popular statements I hear from writers all over the world is this: “I wish I had the time to write.”
Here’s a new spin: you have been given the gift of time. What writers have always wished for is here. Use this time that you have been given to write.
Perhaps you can find 15 minutes in the morning, or after the kids go to bed, to jot down some of your ideas.
Think about it. 15 minutes?
You could write at least 2 pages. If this goes on for a couple of weeks, you’re gonna have several chapters done by time we are out of our homes, embracing one another and socializing in person once again.
Please use this time wisely. It’s a real gift to write.
I’d like to give you a tip I usually save for the Writing Gym members. We are in a special time right now, and I want to be here for you.
When you’re in a moment of strong emotions, like fear, anxiety, or anger, write it down. Write exactly what you’re feeling. Write it all down, and then save it in a notebook or a file on your computer. Title it “uncertainty,” “fear,” or whatever emotion you were feeling.
You’re creating for yourself a bank that you can go back to.
Maybe 5 years from now, you’ve got a character who’s feeling uncertain, but you’re not sure how to convey emotional authenticity into your piece. Well, you’ve created a bank for yourself where you can access a distant memory of that emotion.
At the Writing Gym, we always want to reframe things positively. Let me reiterate.
You’ve been given the time to write and you’ve been given the gift of emotional authenticity to really add to your writing.
Until next time. Happy writing.