Did you know that William Shakespeare wrote King Lear and Macbeth while he was under quarantine for the plague? Katherine Anne Porter, who wrote Pale Horse, Pale Rider caught the 1918 flu pandemic (Spanish Flu), which inspired her to write the book. As an author, you don’t have to sit still and worry and wait. You can still write even while social distancing and self-isolating. You may even come up with better story ideas or more outlandish story ideas.
Controlling Your Panic and Maintaining Your Writing Productivity
Like pretty much everyone, you’ve been bombarded with news of the novel coronavirus. While you want to stay up-to-date on the latest happenings, how the new plague is being controlled and any government help that may become available, don’t leave it on 24 hours a day. Tune-out. In fact, you’re an author. You shouldn’t be spending that much time in reality anyway. It’s not good for us.
1. What else have you got to do?
Think about it for a second. What else have you really got to do while you can’t go to work or school or social obligations? Nothing, except worry. Stop worrying and start writing. Your novel is right there. All you have to do is open your word processor and get busy. If it helps you, shutdown your webbrowser and social media for the day. When I catch up on virus news, I do it in the morning when I first get up. Then, I do my best to turn it off and get to work. Some days I succeed. Some days I don’t.
2. How many novels can you write in 6 to 18 months?
Depending on what you’ve read, you’ve probably heard that this virus will be with us for between 6 and 18 months. How many novels can you write during that time? I can probably write four to six. Make it a challenge. See just how many you can do. Not to mention, you’ll be giving other people something to do to take their minds off the pandemic every time you release a book.
3. Remember to stay safe
Many states and counties are now implementing travel restrictions. This means you can go out if you absolutely have to for work, groceries and essentials and for emergencies. If you feel sick, you need to stay home and rest. If you go out, implement the CDCs tips on staying safe.
Wash your hands frequently. (After every time you touch something. Practice being a germaphobe. Just assume everything is contaminated)
Avoid touching your face.
Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your elbow.
Avoid crowds and standing near others. (maintain a distance of 3 to 6 feet from other people)
Stay home if you think you might be sick.
When in doubt consult with a healthcare professional. (via telehealth options if possible)
By following these tips and tricks, you can help avoid getting the virus and spreading it to others. You can also get your next novel written and published. Maybe you’ll even write several novels during this time. If you are looking for more indepth help for mental illness or the stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, you can check out these tips from Rehab4Addiction. They have put together a breif mental health guide for coping with mental health and the isolation caused by the pandemic.
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