How are you in Lockdown?
In these weird days of lockdown it’s easy to be wrapped up in our own concerns. You may be worried about how you’re going to cope if you’re not at work, or home-working. Being insecure in your writing may be the least of your worries. Or maybe you’re feeling even more pressure to get your writing projects done.
Well, I have no magic answers. I’m just glad that so far, my friends, family and I are all healthy enough. I sympathise if you have had bereavements. I’m glad my parents have already passed on and didn’t have to experience this. I send thoughts to you if you are not so lucky.
This was brought on in part because of a blog post shared by the Story Reading Ape. It explains more appropriate marketing ideas for us authors in these mad times. It’s worth reading, even if most of us aren’t involved with the sort of specialists for whom she discusses non-fiction marketing. She features fiction at the end. You may find it interesting.
One of the things recommended in these days is to keep busy, but not so much that you pressurise yourself.
I was getting a bit overwhelmed with all of the things I need to do with regard to writing. Then I saw some other things that would take me ‘outside’.
- Lockdown Orienteering (Orienteering is an enjoyable sport, running—or in my case, walking—a course through the forest using map & compass). This virtual version is very complex, and as a friend did well in the last event, I’m having ago at the next one!
- Wildlife webcams. Many organisations will have webcams at their nature reserves. At this time of year they tend to be focused on nests. As I prepare this post, I have the Woodland Trust one at Loch Arkaig running in another tab. Yesterday it was just the osprey sitting on the nest, occasionally looking around. Today she’s calling. Maybe it’s time for a shift change! (He’s come back: said hello, and left again. She looks disgusted.)
- Air Displays, and other virtual events. Several of my friends went to a virtaul concert last week. This week I’m at a virtual air show! The Shuttleworth Collection houses early flying machines and maps progress through to recent developments. They set this up as a ‘choose what to pay’. I can watch it over a month for £5. I assume that other prices have more benefits!
- I’ve also signed up for a FREE Creative Writing and Critical Reading course!
What I’m finding is that these help me balance my little world, and refresh the brain for the next bit of writing. Why not share any virtual events you’ve found?
This is an IWSG post!
Please take time to visit them, and as many other participants as you can. You’ll find the list here.
Question of the month
Do you have any rituals that you use when you need help getting into the ZONE? Care to share?
My answer: I turn on my computer, stand up and do a few stretching exercises, then sit down (or currently, stand) at my computer and get going! (Do NOT go to any social media first, that loses me hours!)
By the way if you’re a new writer, or unpublished and wondering, (or even if you’re not) read this lovely post from Anne Allen! 4 Newbie Writer mistakes…
Stay safe this month – see you next time!