I had high expectations for 2020. When you make plans, you expect deviations from the path, setbacks, and unexpected obstacles. But I never dreamed we would encounter the end of the world we once knew. Everything is reminiscent of the Gravitron. You remember the centrifuge style carnival ride that spins, pinning your body against the wall before the floor drops?
With no firm footing, my writing drive evaporated. Winter descended. You know what the professionals suggest when you feel blocked and can’t write? They say you should write anyway. Gee, thanks. I hate this advice. Opening my laptop was the last thing I wanted to do. Another set of experts counsel you to exercise self-care, don’t require too much, rest, and give yourself permission to not write. Facing conflicting schools of thought, what was a writer to do?
Me, myself, and I had a long conversation. We decided to adopt both tactics. We can devise logical justifications, create plausible explanations, and deny an integral part of ourselves. But writers must write, regardless of how we are feeling. The compromise was to reduce my word count goals. Daily writing and editing of my quote posts were nonnegotiable. Anything else was a bonus. I wrote every day. In fits and starts, bursts of note-taking, incoherent drafts, and by digging deep, I discovered the spring where my words live.
Has this year affected your writing?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer