If you have ever thought, “I just want to stay at home and write,” and you find yourself in self-isolation, now’s your chance!
You know I had to say that, right? Right? I mean, I am a writing coach, after all. And what good would I be as a coach, if I wasn’t encouraging you to take advantage of this time and write?
The time you have! The opportunities! The roadblocks!
Yeah, the roadblocks. I know they’re there, and they are aplenty.
Let me say this, above everything else, whatever you do, stay safe. Look after yourselves and the ones you love. And if that takes all your energy and time, that is most important.
Most people who have to self-isolate, also have to work from home. So while you may now get to reply to email and write reports or whatever it is you do, in your pyjamas, you probably still have a lot of work to do. That work eats up your day. And chances are, not only do you now have to deal with work, you also have your kids around you getting into mischief because they’re bored or, well, because they’re kids. I don’t have an answer for how to work with the kids around, everyone has to work that out for themselves. I am going to be a bit harsh here, and say that if you were a full-time writer from home, you would likely be dealing with this same situation. So perhaps think about the boundaries you would set up for yourself if you were a full-time stay-at-home writer.
And I hear you, saying that because you’re working still, you don’t have time to write. To which I say, even so-called full-time writers have free-lancing gigs that take up time.
But believe me when I tell you, you do have the time to write. What makes me say this? There are no sports to watch and all social events have been cancelled. Until now, you’ve probably done what everyone else is doing, which is bingeing the news, Netflix, and social media.
I urge you to stop doing that right now. Take a break from the bad news and panic. Personally, I’ve found limiting my time on social media in general has done wonders for my mental well-being over the past couple of years.
Start writing that novel or that business book you’ve been thinking about, that you’ve been saying you’re going to write one day. (And of course, check out my free course on how to get started if you aren’t sure how!)
Get back to that novel you set aside because life got busy. If you set it aside because you were stuck, you just didn’t know what should happen next, check out my Ultimate Guide to Busting the Block. I normally charge $47, but until June 1, 2020, use the coupon code GET50 to get it for half-price!
Journal. Explore your thoughts and feelings around your current situation. Your journal is for your eyes only so don’t be afraid to express yourself, without censor. Journaling will not only help reduce your stress, you may find it also helps to boost your creativity. To help you out, here are a few journal prompts you can use to help you:
- List five things you are grateful for right now and why, excluding family and pets.
- What is the best part of your current situation and why?
- Set and track some achievable goals for yourself, something you can accomplish that you wouldn’t normally be able to do, while you are in self-isolation.
- Write a letter to your March 2021 self. What do you want you to know? What are you hoping to achieve?
- Write a letter to your 10-year-old self
- Free-write three-four pages every day, whatever comes to mind.
I know this time of social distancing and self-isolation is difficult. Even the most introverted like myself need social interraction every now and then. I’m spending my days alternating working from the office and working from home. Writing, working on my novel, is what keeps me going. Allowing myself the time to sink into my novel has always been what makes me happy, and it is something I need even more right now. It is always my hope, that writing will do the same for you.
Please, again, stay safe, and let me know how you’re spending your time!