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Writing in the Time of Corona-virus


Pretty much everyone across the world has been effected by Covid-19. It looks different for everyone, but for the most part it means "social distancing" or not getting closer than 6 feet to other people. It has effected jobs and relationships and lives. But what does it mean for writing?


The first thing, for me, is that I actually get a lot more time to write. As of tomorrow my job is closed indefinitely, until the governor decides we can go back. Since I can't work from home (most of my students do not have internet access at home), that leaves me with very little to do. My very first thought when we found out was "Yay, I can actually finish my novel!" Sure, I'm worried about other things, the health of myself and my loved ones, how we are going to make things work financially, but I was able to find the good in it.


A second thing, at least for me, was how writing group was going to work. Most of your know that this company started because of an amazing writing group that we are all a part of. That group has been meeting for a few years now, and has only missed a handful of weeks due to snow. This is the place where I get most of my writing done, and where I've made some amazing friends. But with restaurants closed (thanks Denny's!) and social distancing a must, I worried about what would happen to our little group. Luckily we have a found a temporary virtual home. I'm actually writing this during a virtual sprint. And I am very grateful that we live in a time where this is possible.


My final thought was inspiration. With so much going on in the world right now I think all of us creative types are taking some kind of inspiration from what is around us. While I have no current plans to write the virus into my stories, I have no doubt that my experience will influence what I am doing.


So, how is Covid-19 effecting your writing? And please, stay safe and healthy!

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