I'm in my 6th week of staying at home due to Covid 19. Like many writers I know, I'm having trouble concentrating. I'm on deadline, but my usual word count has decreased. I'm still walking outside (by myself) and working out with weights. I'm cooking (a LOT) and I've kept my weight steady. I have a lot to be grateful for, and I'm aware of that, but still my anxiety has sky-rocketed. I have an elderly, sick dog and I had to take him to the vet. I had a serious panic attack, even though they came to the car and got him.
I'm having vivid dreams, some that might qualify as nightmares. Probably because I'm a very routine, play by the rules type person, and the state that I live in has a lot of people who disregard rules. That's scary too.
I know there are others in the same situation. I stick to my routine and sit down every weekday like always to write. Despite having written many, many books, it's more difficult that it ever has been.
So, how to create in the middle of chaos?
I love writing romance. I adore the beauty of figuring out the perfect words, a beautiful sentence. I enjoy getting to know my characters, who live in a world where there is no virus, and I actually envy them for their (fictional) ability to go about their lives. Sometimes, I actually manage to slip into that mystical zone where I'm able to lose myself in the story. I appreciate those times more than I ever have.
It's May, and my April book got some good reviews, which makes me happy. My next book will be out in June. It's a Colton's book, and those seem to sell well. I'm looking forward to hearing what readers think of it, as it wraps up a 12 book series (the other 11 books were written by other authors.)
In addition to binge watching TV, I've also been reading more. That's fun and also helps stoke my muse.
What are you doing to help cope with the anxiety and solitude?
And here's the link to our May contest: LINK