I am missing my writing workshops, but that doesn’t stop me from writing. (There are dozens of other things that keep me from writing!) The age-old (and ofttimes wrong) direction is write what you know.
Many of us have been home for over one hundred days. Some of us are just coming under the auspices of quarantining (Texas, Arizona, Florida, etc).
How have you been holding up? Have you adjusted to life at home?
It might be time to take out a notebook, journal, or keyboard and begin writing about your experience. Even if you won’t be professionally publishing your writing, this kind of document is so valuable to your future families.
Here are ten questions to get you started. You can begin by simply jotting down quick answers, but then take your time and expand your thoughts. Include your five senses, talk about your feelings, talk about your family’s feelings and reactions. There are no wrong answers; these are your experiences.
If you think of other questions, send them, and if you want to share your experiences, comment with your thoughts and/or links to your writing.
1. Are you still working at your job? At your place of work or at home? How has work changed with the covid outbreak?
2. Do you have children and are they now home from school? Are you involved in their schooling? How much? Are they working independently or do they need a lot of parental input?
3. How has your grocery shopping and cooking changed? Were you someone who ate out a lot or had you already been cooking every day? Are you trying new recipes? What are you go-to favorite recipes? Write down the recipes so your family has them.
4. What have you done for entertainment? Are you watching more television? Netflix? Are you playing board games?
5. What are you reading?
6. Are you listening to podcasts? Are you watching more or less news?
7. How has your religious life changed? What are some of the things that you’re doing that you weren’t doing before? What are you continuing to do?
8. What was the last thing you did in the public world before the pandemic arrived (in the US approximately March 13, 2020)?
9. What do you miss most from being home all the time?
10. What are you surprised that you miss the least and are thinking about keeping out of your life when the pandemic is finally over?