Work in the time of COVID
Hello writers, hope you’re all doing well, or at least hanging in there! I know things are tough now, not just with issues of health, family and social distancing, but also…work! It’s fair to say that every industry has suffered from the effects of coronavirus, and the writing industry is no exception.
For writers, the real challenge is twofold, and I just wanted to quickly address both with this short blog. First, there is a definite lack of gigs. In an industry that already has roadblocks in terms of finding new and consistent paid work, a pandemic that is shuttering businesses of all kinds (including publishers) doesn’t make things any easier. Luckily, there are some places that are still in business, and many more that are coming back in some way, shape or form. And there are a few places that are trying to help writers who are looking to get back to work. Here’s a great link from the fine folks at Poets & Writers with some info on resources, available grants and loans, and work!
I hope this link helps and you can find some writing jobs. I would love to hear from you if you do!
The second challenge, of course, is more psychological. To say that COVID-19 has taken its toll on all of us mentally, physically and even spiritually would be an understatement. What’s perhaps most frustrating (health risks aside) is that when it comes to work, or more specifically our own creative projects, many of us finally got the time we so desperately wanted to work on them only to find ourselves completely and totally unmotivated. If that hasn’t been the case for you, congrats! But I know many, many writers have struggled to get projects going even with all the free time. When this all started, even I posted about using this time to get your stuff done, but I’d be lying if I said I’ve hit all my writing goals. I think more than ever, a world full of stress makes writing and accomplishing your goals a challenge.
Seriously, you’re not alone. And remember, when it comes to your personal projects, the only boss is YOU. You don’t owe anybody anything when it comes to your passion projects. Of course, it’s not meant to be an excuse, but you have to allow yourself the space for those times you just can’t muster the strength. Not to be too dramatic, but some days during this time, just surviving is enough. The project is not a requirement. Or better stated, it’s as much or as little of a priority as you want and need it to be.
Find your own pace, work when you can, set realistic and manageable goals and do what you can. Celebrate small victories and always remember that even just thinking about your project is progress! Take away the pressure. Remember, at its core, writing and creating is supposed to be fun, so make sure you’re not losing that. Infuse discipline where and when you can but do what you need to do to enjoy the process.
And most important, take care of yourselves!
If you are working on your project and you want a boost or a pep talk, I’m here for you. All the best to each and every one of you.