It sounds like a dream for a writer: stuck at home with no place to go. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case with the pandemic. Between dealing with the stress of an uncertain world and suddenly having to write with children and spouses at home, many of us have simply stopped nurturing our creative sides. But, the state of the world is unlikely to change anytime soon, so it’s time to take matters into our own hands.
Something many new writers fail to consider is that there is an entire network of other creatives out there. From your local Meetup groups to online forums, there are plenty of ways to connect with others. Establishing a network of writers, artists, and photographers will not only help you professionally, but your newly found friends can help you power through the days when writer’s block leaves you stagnant. You’ll have people to bounce ideas off of and will almost always have someone to offer constructive criticism when you need it most.
Stress is pretty much synonymous with the pandemic at this point. Unfortunately, when you’re feeling stressed and anxious, your mind is not going to be on point. Look for ways to improve your mental health. Start by exercising and eating well. When you fuel your body and keep it moving, your brain takes notice.
Not sure where to begin? Download the Pocket Personal Trainer app to help you establish and manage a new and improved wellness routine. Between the meal plans and certified coach tips, you’ll have plenty of information and support. Once you have your diet and exercise routine in place, there are other apps that can help you stay on track. The Calm app, for example, can help you sleep easier and more soundly while simultaneously reducing stress and boosting your happiness levels. You can also utilize gaming apps, such as Candy Crush or, everybody’s favorite childhood frustration, Tetris, to redirect your brainpower so you can get back to writing with a fresh perspective when you are ready.
Noise is a writer’s worst enemy. Unfortunately, when the kids are home, you cannot expect them to be quiet 100% of the time. Think about ways that you can reduce noise pollution, such as moving your laptop or typewriter to another room or popping in a set of earplugs. If you go the earplug route, you should know that there are many different types, and a custom set is likely the most effective. Another option is to invest in a sound machine that gives you the option to choose between white, pink, and brown noise.
Writing prompts can help you explore your ideas in ways you may not have come up with on your own. You do not necessarily have to stick to a prompt to be a better writer, but the inspiration you’ll encounter can help you re-examine your thought processes and push forward if you’re stuck on a project and can’t quite decide what happens next. You can find writing prompts online or visit your local bookstore for entire journals dedicated to helping you start your story.
Being a writer, you’re likely already used to being at home. What may not be part of your normal routine is having everyone else around to interfere with your quiet time. The pandemic has changed the way that all of us have to go about our days. The above tips can help you get through yours without sacrificing your creative endeavors.
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About the Author: Emma Grace Brown lives her life by her rules; and it works! When she's not snuggling puppies, Emma promotes female empowerment through her website. Her mission is to help those who live with self-doubt to realize they don't have to mold themselves to conventionality.