How to keep writing during COVID-19

We live in strange times. It’s something you’ve probably read a hundred times before and thought even more often. But it’s true that the coronavirus outbreak has affected all of us and altered the world we live in beyond recognition, bringing in uncertainty and anxiety. We all feel a lack of concentration, fatigue, and general uninspiredness.

So, what to do when you find yourself staring at a blank piece of paper (or at an empty screen) and feeling overwhelmed?

Set small goals

Give yourself small, achievable goals. Even if you know you could do better, or have done better, it’s better to plan less and actually do it than to keep failing to achieve a grandiose plan. Progress is progress, no matter how small.

Find a routine that works for you

A routine always helps to stay motivated and can actually ease up the feeling of anxiety and distress. Remember, though, that different things work for different people, and your routine can change. If you notice writing in the morning just doesn’t do the trick for you, and you end up procrastinating instead of actually working, it’s better to adapt your routine than to keep forcing yourself to work at that time at all costs. Perhaps you find it easier to write at dawn or in the evening when there are fewer distractions? Consider your options and fix your daily schedule accordingly.

Find time for relaxation

Your mind and body need some time to unwind. Mindfulness or yoga can work miracles for some. Others may prefer to go for a walk, play video games, or exercise. Or even just go to another room. Even if only for a short time, find something that works for you.


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