But writers are a different breed. Most of us crave quiet and alone time to work on our craft. Quite a few of us are also introverts, so social distancing should be a breeze, right?
Well...to an extent it is. I've been chatting with my writer friends, and most are loving the social distancing. But some are also encountering an unexpected problem, and that's an inability to write.
Seriously, I feel like the pandemic has sucked all of the creative joy right out of me. I usually have stories and ideas churning inside my head. Now, I have to force myself to sit down and type something...anything...just to keep my WIP moving forward.
What's going on here? I think for me it's a lack of inspiration. I draw on the quirks of humanity and use them in my writing. Since I'm not out seeing people, I'm not getting those ideas anymore.
It could also be depression. I read an article that claims most people in the world are now struggling with a mild form of depression. Our routines have been disrupted, and quite a few are anxious about finances, getting the disease, losing loved ones, etc. It can take a toll on our mental state in a hurry.
So what's a writer to do? I'm no expert, but I would say give yourself a break first and foremost. If you don't feel like writing, then don't. Try something else that might help such as reading, watching movies, crooking, or sewing. If you have a deadline on a project, then set up a rule like writing for an hour every day...or writing one paragraph every day..or if you're really stuck, writing one damn sentence a day (that's where I'm at now).
The good news is, the pandemic will end eventually. I like to think we'll all come out of it better people and better writers. Hell, I may even throw a big party, and that's saying a lot from this highly introverted, leave me alone type of girl.
I would love to hear from other writers and what they're experiencing. If you have suggestions, lay them on me.