Like most Americans, I am hanging out at home to avoid spreading the coronavirus. But I don’t think it’s fair that everyone else is out of their office, and I am still stuck in mine. The problem is that I have all the time in the world to write, but I’m doing everything BUT writing.
After speaking to many writer friends, it appears that I am not the only one. Maybe it’s having the kids home, or having your spouse home, or maybe there is just too much home home. Whatever it is, here are a few things you can do to keep your writing career moving forward during this difficult time.
1. Practice your online skills. There are tutorials about how to share screens, set up lighting, etc. but you can also practice with a virtual family dinner, or virtual critique group.
2. Tidy your computer files. I don’t know about you, but my computer likes to hide drafts in odd places. Occasionally I have to ferret them out and put them where they belong. There are probably documents you can delete, too.
3. File papers. (Yes, I still use paper. And it tends to grow like mold on my desk, side table, shelves, floor….)
4. Create your own mentor text reference list with the books you have on your shelves.
5. Spruce up your website. Update your info, add more content.
6. Connect with other writers – Starting this Thursday - KidLit Distance Social, or on NF Fest Facebook page.
7. Type out a picture book to learn about its structure and story arc.
8. Attend a webinar or virtual conference – SCBWI Regional Webinars
9. Check out a fun activity from the NF Fest chart.
10. WRITE! Pat Miller, author of The Hole Story of the Doughnut, challenged me to write for 10 minutes every day. It may sound insignificant, but it gets your butt in the chair and creates the habit. So, I pass on that challenge – write for 10 minutes every day and tell us about it.
Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Writing!
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