Ordinarily, I feel strongly that this community should be a creative haven away from the demands of real life. A space for us to put our creative selves first, to support each other's writing and encourage each other along the journey from idea to (hopefully) publication.
But right now, real life is just so very real.
To pretend otherwise is fast becoming impossible.
I want you to know that:
You're all very welcome to talk about your experiences of writing while social distancing, or isolating etc.
You're welcome to talk about how the uncertainty we're experiencing is affecting your ability to write, or what you are writing.
You're welcome too to talk about how you're writing more than ever, because it's your outlet, your safety.
You're welcome to ask for help, inspiration, a rallying cheer.
You're welcome to offer help, inspiration and a rallying cheer!
You're welcome to avoid any and all talk of real life, and ignore all of those posts.
This week, my personal focus is split between making sure that I do everything I can to help the Jericho Writers community, and trying to navigate working from home with my husband also here working, and all four children in lock down with us. In Holland, almost everything is closed. It's eerie and frightening, but I'm trying to see the positives. My family is healthy and we're together. And this community is the nicest place to work that I could hope for. As for writing, I don't know. I don't know if I will find the headspace or the time. But I hope so.
What about you?