Are You Writing?

On-line, members of a writers’ group I belong to have been posting what they’ve been doing during the lockdown. I’ve been interested in the responses–which vary from watching a lot of TV to accomplishing a couple thousand words a day–because I’ve done almost no creative writing in the last month. I also haven’t been binge watching any TV shows or reading books or doing research on the computer. I did help close-up our place in Florida and then spent two days in a car with my husband traveling to Michigan (followed by two days recuperating from that trip), but I didn’t use that time to mentally work on my current story.

It’s as if my mind has gone on lockdown, and I don’t like that.

Oh, I’m not just sitting around doing nothing. I am cleaning closets and drawers, setting aside items I haven’t worn or used for years to either be tossed or given to Goodwill, and I’m going through files and tossing or shredding materials that are no longer relevant or needed. I’m exhausted by the end of the day, but it all feels like busy work. Like I’m treading water. Waiting.

Are any of you having the same reaction to what’s going on around us or are you using this time to move forward with your writing?

Any suggestions on how I might shake this ennui?

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3 Responses to Are You Writing?

  1. Clarice Cook says:

    Hello Maris…You are cleaning out the clutter and thus making way for your story to evolve. The mind cannot create in the midst of all the piles, disarray and interruptions of not being able to find things. When you’ve cleared your path then your story will flow…and I will be watching for that to happen.

    • Maris Soule says:

      Thanks, Clarice. You’re right, I need to get this mess (of moving things from one condo to another) straightened out. Once I accomplish that task, I should be ready to move forward with the story. At least, I hope so.

  2. We’ve been in lock-down here in Northern NJ for sometime now and the stress causes anxiety. I’m trying to read more than write.