Have You Lost Your Desire To Write?

I’ve witnessed many people saying that they seem to have lost their writing mojo since the COVID-19 pandemic started. Likewise, it happened to me. 

I don’t know what it was, but I didn’t feel in the mood to write any forms of specific creativity. 

I couldn’t even bring myself to look at any of the drafts I had for new short stories, or even the two books I have in my computer’s archives. 

My desire to delve into them had taken a vacation which had no end date.

I had no idea why it was happening. Then I put something to the test. 

Like many, I’d found myself reading blog posts that had a ‘doom and gloom’ theme to them. 

The majority of those post, of course, were COVID-19 related. 

However, since cutting down on the number of COVID-19 blogs posts I read, my writing mojo seems to occasionally show signs of returning.

I can sometimes see it waving at me before disappearing again. I was never any good at ‘hide & seek.’ I was always the first one to be found and could never find anybody.

Image by sinepax from Pixabay

When my writing mojo does appear, I do all I can to grab it by the horns and get writing. 

Writing something – anything – makes me feel good. In fact, it makes my day!

This led me to seeking out more and more blog posts that contain positivity, laughter, humour and good news. Yes, despite what’s going on in today’s world, those happy blog posts are still out there.

Of course, not all COVID-19 related blog posts are full of doom and gloom. Some contain humour, so I haven’t cut myself entirely off from what’s going on in the world. I’ve even written a few myself, but so have many others. 

Take, for example, Willow, at Willowdot21, who published a blog post that included a video of a new version of a song I know many will know and love. Click here to view Willow’s post.

Yes, there is a COVID-19 connection in her post, but the video has made many readers smile and laugh. Thank you Willow, for giving me and many visitors to your blog a lift, and making our day with the video you shared. 

Then there are simple blog posts like the one from Elizabeth, at Tea & Pepper, which features a photo of something that brings joy to her moments of solitude. Her blog post made me smile and confirm to myself that everything will be OK. Click here to view Elizabeth’s post.

Social Media joins in with the humour

We mustn’t forget social media. It’s also playing its part in taking a bad situation and turning it into something that will make some of us smile.

Is now the perfect time to write?

You’d think that this moment in time would be perfect for writers and authors to get on with writing and editing their works-in-progress, especially given that many of us find ourselves at home. Yet, many have no urge to delve in and bring those pieces of fiction and creativity to life.

In a recent comment, I left on the blog of Cher Garman (The Chicago Files), I compared my current life to that of starting a new chapter in a book; a chapter in which I didn’t want to feature. Here’s what I said –

I look at the current situation we’re in as a chapter in a book, Cher. I’ll get to the end of that chapter soon, and a new one will begin. And, best of all, these chapters are a pathway to a happy ending.

The comment got me thinking, and I started to wonder if what is happening in the world today is only happening to me? 

  • Am I witnessing something that is a warning to only me? 
  • Are all of you out there just figures of my imagination?
  • Am I just a figure of your imagination? 
  • Are you watching a sci-fi movie of which I am the leading role?
#DoctorWho #television #scifi
  • Did I wake up one morning not realising that I had crossed over into a parallel universe?
  • Have we been put to sleep, and what is happening is a dream/nightmare we’re all experiencing at the same time?
  • Have I become the victim of one of my short stories because of all the scares they’ve given readers?

My creative desire to write may have hit a dead-end, but it seems my imagination is still in overdrive.

Thankfully, for me, it was only certain forms of writing I found myself struggling with. 

I’ve managed to continue to write and publish the weekly episodes featuring newlyweds Doug, Sophie and their friend Mike. And I’ve had no problems with posting my Wordless Wednesday featured photos.

A few weeks ago, I also started a new feature, The Entertainment Files, but all of these required only small amounts of writing. But, little steps lead to big success, don’t they?

After reading a blog post from Esther Chilton, I got those little steps moving and joined in with her request to write a limerick. What great fun that was, especially reading the limericks from other participants.

There was a young actress called Sheila

Who drove her friends mad with her new feature

A strange ring through her nose

As big as her big toes

Made her look like an outa space creature.

Hugh W. Roberts – 2020

Laughter is a medicine we all need at the moment.

Something else that also happened was that by way of a comment, I heard from another blogger who told me how they were trying to spread some positivity.

What a great idea in helping some individual bloggers move away from blogging about COVID-19 by challenging them to write something positive instead.

I may decide to challenge some of you, so watch out for some pingback notifications from me.

Do you still want blogging tips from me?

I’ve wondered if during these uncertain times if anybody wants to continue to read blogging and social media tips. Given I’ve had little appetite for reading any, is this something people still want to read on my blog?

Please let me know by leaving me a comment.

  • Are any of you finding that there has been a decline in engagement on your blogs since the COVID-19 pandemic began? 
  • Have the number of comments you usually get decreased in number or have the comments become shorter? 
  • Have you noticed a change in the writing styles and subjects from bloggers who typically write and publish about specific genres? 
  • Are you carrying on as usual and writing and publishing the same stuff you always do? 
  • Have you noticed other bloggers doing the same?  

It’s a strange world out there, but as I look out of the window, nature doesn’t seem to have stopped. There may be a lack of people, traffic and life outside, but everything else looks the same.  

Some believe that COVID-19 will change the way we all live our lives in the future. I wonder if it will also change the way many of us write? Or are these changes already happening? What do you think?

Just before publishing this post, I read an interesting blog post by Anne R. Allen which goes into much more detail as to why many writers are finding it tough to write at the moment. Anne gives some excellent advice on how to beat the slump. Click here to read her post.

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  1. I’m still working so some “normal” in my routine. I’m trying to stay positive at home doing things I enjoy. Still blogging, also paint-by-numbers. Yes, I find my attention span isn’t great. For me it is seeing something at the end of this – lessons learned for society. For me I’d like to see projects done – Oh I can take that off my list.

    1. Same here. I love making lists and crossing items off them. It makes me feel so good.

      It sounds like you’re keeping yourself busy and occupied, which is a good thing. Keep on doing that, and the time will soon fly.

  2. This is such a timely post, Hugh. COVID-19 has turned the world upside down for pretty much all of us, and many of us are adjusting to a new normal for now, and maybe also for the future.

    I like your light hearted musings. Maybe we are in a nightmare. Maybe we are in a parallel universe. Or might I add, maybe we have all time travelled a hundred of years into the future.

    I can’t say my blog engagement has decreased and that’s because I haven’t been active on here for a while for a number of reasons offline. I do think people still want to read blogs during time strange time – either read something uplifting for a mood booster or something more serious to reflect and learn.

    It’s a good time to write right now if we feel like it. No point in writing when you don’t feel it, and might as well do something else. I think they’ll always be a place for blogging. Perhaps we might not blog much more about travels and going out occasions for now, and that can challenge some of us to blog out of our comfort zone.

    1. It’s very true about blogging outside of our comfort zones, Mabel. However, it can be challenging to do when our minds and hearts are not in the writing zone. It’s precisely how I was feeling before I discovered that was causing me to lose my writing mojo was all the ‘gloom and doom’ posts I was reading. For some reason, I found myself becoming addicted to them. I’m glad that I turned my intension to reading more light-hearted stuff, especially given that I didn’t think people would still be publishing it. How wrong I was.

      Since publishing this post, I’ve seen a steady climb in both engagement and new blog posts being published, although I’m still steering clear of reading too many posts that are COVID-19 related and which have a doom and gloom feel to them. It’s nice to see the blog world, at least, returning to a little bit of normality (whatever that is).

      1. It’s interesting how we can be drawn to ‘doom and gloom’ posts. I think these posts can point out reality very clearly. However a dose of hope and positivity is also much needed in these COVID-19 times too.

        Hopefully things get back on track at some point. I think moving forward life will be different, and I hope we can all find our routines.

  3. Hey Hugh! With respect to your question about whether Covid will permanently change the way we live our lives, or change the way we write, I’m skeptical that it will. It seems that every decade or so we go through a globally traumatic event that is supposed to “change everything.” But, as pointed out by this article by Andrew Coyne at https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-this-changes-everything-unless-it-doesnt/, things that were supposed to change everything tend to only change some things for a while.

    1. Thanks for the link, Steve. It’s an interesting read. My only hope is that the human race will see how it took a virus to realise what it was doing to the planet. My fingers are crossed that there is already a sharp decline in greenhouse gases being let into the atmosphere. I have also read many accounts of people saying things such as ‘they can hear birdsong again’ and ‘the air smells and feels much cleaner.’ I hope it’s one change the current pandemic will make and that the change will last forever.

  4. Hi Hugh,
    Yes, the world needs your blogging tips! Don’t stop!
    I try to stay regimented during Coronavirus fears.
    Staying focused gets my mind on blogging instead of on fear.
    Janice

  5. Dear Hugh. Thank you for dropping this link on my blog. I must admit, that I hardly have time to read other blog posts, be it positive or negative during this Covit crazy period. I am so snowed under with work, that I must admit that the limited time I do have, I prefer to NOT read about Covit. I am not denying what’s happening, but I am so inundated with it at work (nature of my work) that I want the other waking hours to be filled with love, laughter, and joy and prefer it to be something raising my moral.
    As for comments on my blog, it’s actually strange, but it seems to me that I have more comments and traffic at this crazy period. As Lisbet mentioned, maybe because a lot of people seem to have more time.
    Take care all, and may you all stay safe and have a blessed Easter

    1. It sounds like you may be on the front line, Esmé. Please take good care of yourself during these uncertain times.

      This week (since publishing this post) I have noticed a steady climb in the number of blog posts being published. It’s refreshing to see that many include humour, laughter, smiles and positivity. They are all things we all need at the moment.

      Stay safe, and Happy Easter.

  6. Hi Hugh,

    I haven’t noticed a change in the behavior of my blog readers. People have more time now, so it seems like they look forward to new posts showing up in their inbox and respond sooner. One thing I noticed in my last post is that I linked to a fellow “frugal vanlifer”’s post in regards to our monthly expenses (which I have done in the past) and this time around, people checked out that link. 🙂

    I have no problems writing blogs and “simple” things, like emails, my daily journal, and such, but I have lost my desire to dig into bigger writing projects as well. The entire COVID-19 dims the mood. But it too will end and hopefully people learned from it!

    1. Hi Liesbet,

      I have seen a steady rise in the number of blog posts being published since this post went live, so I’m also putting that down to people having more time to now write. However, from the comments, it seems many of us are finding no desire to write longer pieces of work. It’s good to know that we’re not alone in this strange boat we find ourselves in.

      I hope you’re managing to still find safe places to stay? Many camping grounds in the UK have been closed down. We’re also not allowed to travel outside the local district where we live. It made me think about you guys and where you’d been staying. I hope you’re all OK?

      Take care and stay safe.

      1. Hi Hugh!

        Thanks for asking and thinking about us. We are doing OK. Here in the US – in all the states – campgrounds have closed as well. In the beginning, I didn’t think it would affect us as we always free/primitive camp without facilities and they were closing down the pay campgrounds and the free campgrounds that have facilities, like toilet buildings.

        Still, we thought we’d be OK, until they closed down primitive campgrounds as well. Not quite sure why as the spaces are large, in nature, and no interaction with others is needed. No porta-potties to clean either. I think they are doing this to discourage people from leaving their houses, maybe? But, it’s tough for us, full-timers, who live in our campers and don’t have another home.

        Anyway, there are resources available to find a longer term option throughout the country, mostly pay options. Another issue for us has been getting fresh water and dump our tanks, as we used to do this at state and national park campgrounds. These are all closed.

        Anyway, I’ve been writing about our experiences a bit on my blog. The bottom line is that we did find a peaceful place, but it was extremely hot, humid, and buggy. So, we will check out one more secluded place and then head up to Massachusetts (still 1,000 miles away) and stay in a detached room at my in-laws’ house. The vanlife will have to resume after all this is over.

        1. I’m so glad you have a plan and have somewhere safe to stay while the pandemic continues, Liesebt. It seems all our lives are on hold at the moment. However, we’ll get through this and will be able to start again where we left off.

          Take care.

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