And yours, too!
Need a little motivation to write during this forced down time? Read on.
Does this sound like you? “I’m stuck at home for two weeks! I’ll get my novel done in no time!”
Then, in true procrastinating form, you discover that Netflix is calling, cat videos are amusing, and the news is overwhelming,
Or, from a practical standpoint…how is homeschooling this hard, why can’t my spouse do that himself, and who is making this much laundry?!!!
I have a confession…despite being a full-time writer and editor since 2012, I used to find it hard to write when I was home alone.It was much easier when I had a day job, believe it or not. That was because after a full day at work, a long commute and errands to run, when I got home, I knew it was time to write. If I didn’t do it then, I’d never do it. Maybe it was only an hour, maybe half an hour, but I jumped on it.
When my day was my own? Well, there was always later. Why start now when I had nothing to do the next hour either? And it stayed that way until…
I had certain realizations.
Ways to Motivate Yourself to Write in Quarantine
For years I’ve said, “Writing is a solitary game; editing is a team sport.” Under this quarantine, that solitary game is playing golf without a caddy. You’re lugging the bags and doing the heavy lifting, but you’re still getting to swing the clubs and sink the putt. In other words, you take the good with the bad. Isolation affords you some time to write — if you take advantage of it.
So, yes, writing in quarantine is harder than it sounds (even if your friends and family don’t believe you), but trust me, failing to accomplish your goals – finishing that book, being published like you’ve always dreamed – feels worse than you might think, too. I hope that bleak expression inspires you to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. Find that quiet spot and bang out a thousand words today and tomorrow and the next day because eventually this quarantine will end, and then you’ll miss all that time you had to write.
Good luck! (And let me know how you make out in the comments. I hope you finish that book!)