In these days of Coronavirus, the support and camaraderie of friends and colleagues is invaluable, and I've been blessed with more than my fair share. I'm relatively lucky work-wise, being a freelancer who operates from home most of the time anyway, but my sympathies go out to those in less certain circumstances.
Writing is, of course, a very solo occupation but in these unsettled days, when people are dying daily and everyone's life is turned upside down, it has become almost a life-line. I've taken a lot of heart and encouragement from the emails of writing friends and the network of writers on social media sites like the RNA Facebook page. At times like this, social media really does what is is supposed to do - connecting people in a positive and healthy way by sharing stories that keep us optimistic and hopeful that this will be over sooner rather than later and that life - and writing - will be back to normal.
One of the positive things for me personally to come out of the lock-down are Joanne Grant's editorial coaching videos, which she is running every Monday morning on Facebook throughout April. Having been in the doldrums for several months and wondering where my writing is going, if anywhere, I tuned into the first session and found it really helped to focus my thoughts and intentions. Just writing down the weekly goals Joanne asks us to set ourselves and thinking about the tips she gives got me out of the stupor and back into the study. The result being that I began a new book this week and, for the first time in a long time, feel very excited about my characters and their story.
I don't know where this book will end up yet or whether it will be my first foray into self-publishing, but just getting up in the morning and sitting down to writing, however little - and it is very little at this stage - makes the whole day better.
How are you coping with writing in the lock-down?
Keep safe and well xx