Monday, March 16, 2020

Finding the motivation to write...

                         Photo by Claudia Barbosa from Pexels

A lot can be said for writing through stressful times, like when a loved one is sick or worse yet, has died. Having lost two close family members back to back, I can say that those were the most emotionally exhaustive days of my life. And yet, even then I found comfort in writing.

Whether you’re journaling or writing toward a deadline, let's consider writing as an activity that can help us cope and heal, or at the very least help us stay sane. And, yes, we hear so much in the news and wonder, how much worse can it get?

The honest truth is that this crisis has had a tremendous negative effect on the U.S. economy. In NYC the subways are half empty, restaurants are deserted, and the lights on Broadway have gone dark. The Coronavirus has brought our lives to a standstill. But, please remember, this too will pass.

As many experts suggest, in spite of social distancing, be sure to reach out to your loved ones by phone or video. Let’s not allow this grave situation to keep us from engaging with others or allow us, for that matter, to keep us from writing. In fact, I’d argue that writing now is even more important.

Stay safe and keep writing friends,

Maria

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