Coronavirus and the Writing Life

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As the planet battles the latent new virus known as COVID-19, I sit here wondering what the future holds. But, as a writer I am already accustomed to this anomalous feeling.

Writing itself is an unpredictable animal, and the current pandemic gripping the planet is a situation most newly-published writers find themselves at odds with. The energy-sapping questions begin making their way through their thoughts. What should I write about? Will my books ever sell? Will I ever be able to support myself on my writing? Then, once you get self-published, the constant checking of your amazon royalty figures can almost drive a newbie mad.

Like the Coronavirus and writing, both unpredictable in their own right, the only thing you can do is focus on doing your best, and ignoring the fear factor. Because, worrying about something you have no control over will simply ruin your quality of life, and take the fun out of anything.

So I say this to every new writer and human being. Be calm. Live every day to the best of your ability. Don’t fret over the virus that the news agencies are constantly blasting over the airwaves.

And get back to two things. Living, and writing.

Finding a job that defines you.

It’s a tough one. Some of us love our jobs while others are just using them to get that all-important paycheck. So what’s a professional to do?

I’ll admit it, I’m lucky. I work for a company that values my writing and editing skills, I use it to motivate me when I come home to write/edit my fiction.

But what about those folks who don’t have a job they love?

Fortunately, there’s an answer. And it’s so easy, anyone can do it!

Work for it. Wherever you are in life, find a way to transition yourself from where you are to where you want to be. Take classes, get certifications. It’s time-consuming and hard work but whoever said this would be easy.  In this world of instant gratifications that’s a tall order for some, but not if you really want it.

When you go after something worthwhile, the challenges are going to pop up whether you like it or not. If they don’t, then you’re not trying hard enough.

I flunked out on my initial Business Writing test. Yes. But I took it again and guess what? I passed with a B.

So listen to your heart. What kind of job out there will make you happy? Knowing what you want is the first step to getting it. It’s cliche but so very true.

Then ask yourself if you’re willing to put up with the struggle to get it. If the answer is yes, then you’re on your way to a new future.

When Health takes priority over Writing

 

It’s been a tough past two weeks. I had a nasty cyst removed from my forehead and two days later I found out I needed to have eye surgery on my right eye for a detached retina. This being the second eye surgery after suffering the same detached retina issue in my left eye less than two years ago. Blame it on my bad optical genes.

What makes it more frustrating is that I am nearing the stretch run for completing The Leopard Apocalypse, the third book in my Leopard King Saga Historical Fantasy series.  To add to that, I also was just beginning the rewrite for my new publisher Kensington Gore for my novella Kill Zombies.  The plan was to expand the novella into a novel for my publisher. Some of you may recall I signed a two-book publishing deal last February.

Well both are on hold for now.

It sucks. I know.

But some things are more important that writing. Yeah. It’s true. So I’ve been taking time off from writing. One from a Flagship series close to my heart and the other being a possible income grabber from a publisher I’m under contract to.

But there’s no other way around it. Without eyes I’m not able to write. So rest I must.

I’d like to hear from anyone out there who’s faced health challenges while in the midst of a productive work spree. As always, your comments are appreciate.

Talk to you soon!