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.

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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 a unpublished author per se and write fun. I wrote a poem about Covid-19 Pandemic. I called it Lock Downed & Quarantined (A Poem).
    Enjoyed your post. By the way I come to you via Esme’s Senior Salon.

  2. It is a really strange feeling Hugh, surreal, movie-like (of course there will be a movie), outer space like, and just plain weird. Living in London, we’re used to a lot of traffic, streets and parks rammed with people and noise — lots of noise. Yet as I look out from my windows and see no cars, lorries or trucks hurtling down my street, I hear no thudding over each and every speed ramp – I’m in a strange new world.
    I have been using this time to fix any technical problems and I’ve written a few posts but I’ve definitely seen the decline in posts from my blogging family — they’ve gone pretty quiet out there.
    As for COVID, I’m pretty fed up with the number of posts and I just scan rather than read them (rightly or wrongly). I know it’s the worst (and hopefully the last) global crisis in my lifetime, but the truth is I’m pretty fed up with reading and hearing about it as it raises my anxiety levels. Both my son and my stepdaughter are working in ICU’s in London and Kent and while I’m always interested in their work, them being directly in contact with the damn virus is frightening the life out of me. So, moving on quickly,
    Yes please Hugh, do keep up with the blogging tips and advice – I always find it informative and useful for me and my blog.
    You stay safe and well Hugh and keep writing. Caz x

    1. Having lived and worked in London for 27 years, I remember how busy the streets always were, Caz. The city never slept, so it’s probably pretty pleased with getting some rest at the moment. I can’t help but think about how good the lack of traffic is also improving air quality in all our towns and cities. It’s almost as if mother nature is taking back ownership.

      As somebody who seldom gets anxious, all those COVID-19 doom and gloom blog posts definitely raised my stress levels. Now I’ve cut right back on reading anything COVID-19 related, they have dropped, but it’s still hard to avoid what is going on. I can’t imagine what it must be like for you with having a son and stepdaughter working on the frontlines. Like many others, I will be forever grateful for all the work they are doing. They will forever be my superheroes for the rest of my time here. I’m sure it will be the same for many other members of the public too. I’m sure you always have been, but if I had family working on the frontline, I’d be very, very proud to have them as a part of my life.

      Thanks for the thumbs up about my blogging tips posts. It seems many of you still want me to write and publish them. That’s a great sign.

      Take care of yourself Caz, and keep staying safe.

      1. Oh yes, you’re right about mother nature Hugh, nature’s having a party right now. The sad thing is we’re pushed into buying diesel cars, then it’s electric cars etc and many houselholds have up to 5 cars now – it’s ridiculous – our big cities can’t cope! aarrgghhh!
        It’s a shame it’s taken such a huge crisis for people to recognise and appreciate what out nurses and first responders have always done and get such low wages for it. One good thing is, they’re starting to advertise already for new NHS nurses -in this country! Yay! As an ex mental health nurse and ward manager, I’m delighted that we might have ‘home-grown# nurses on our wards once more – I don’t care what colour or background but at least they’ll be british and hopefully speak English. T/his isn’t racism Hugh, it’s realism. Oh, of course I’m so very proud of them all – my eldest is a Research fellow in Neuromuscular Sciences in the State – I like to think they followed my footsteps, but they’ve way surpassed me now 😉
        Of course, blog tips please. I need them and you’re my go to person. Hope you don;t mind but I’ve been directing others your way lol.
        Great chatting with you Hugh, as always Caz x

        1. The diesel car argument reminds me of the time we were told not to eat butter and to replace it with margarine, Caz. Then we were all told that butter was actually better for us. It’s no wonder we find ourselves with so much confusion at times.

          Thank you so much for directing other people over to my blog. I really appreciate it.

          Take care.

  3. Greetings, Having recently become “solo” ( & suddenly) this current pandemic seemed a step too far! Your positive posts and links are very gratefully received. As evenings are my least favourite part of my isolated day I have bookmarked them for “evening” activity on my schedule. Many thanks, Just Vicki

  4. Wow, did you ever write the truth, Hugh. So much of the news is speculative, or negative with the reports of deaths, unemployment, and sadness. Thankfully there are some bright lights out there even in the media. Why won’t someone tell us how many people RECOVERED from the flu? If news is going to speculate, talk about that! I’ve made every effort for Sunday Stills to stay positive–yesterday we blew up WordPress with flowers! On the bright side, last week was my spring break from teaching. Hans and I planned weeks ago to travel to Washington State and visit the new property and visit family. Instead, because of state stay at home orders, Hans made a big start to removing the old siding from the front of our house, among other projects, and I…drum roll, please…sent the first draft of my fitness book to a local editor! Not sure why the writing worked last week, but it did and I can breathe a sigh of relief. Stay away from the bad news, Hugh!

    1. Sounds like Hans and you are both keeping busy, Terri. I’ve been doing other jobs while my writing mojo takes a vacation. It’s a great feeling crossing all those jobs off my ‘to-do’ list. Good to hear that you’ve also sent the first draft of your new book to your editor. I can remember taking ages to do that because I kept making so many changes to the draft. Then I knew I had to let it go.

      Something they do mention in the press briefings from 10 Downing Street every day is the number of people who were tested for Coronavirus and who tested negative. Of course (at the moment), those figures are a lot more than those who test positive, but then they go and follow up those figures with how many people died from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. It’s heartbreaking to hear those figures climb. I also wish they’d stop telling us that they see ‘light at the end of the tunnel.’ They’ve been saying it for weeks, yet no signs of any light just yet. And now our prime minister is in intensive care. Of course, we wish him a quick recovery.

      Still, I’m keeping positive by reading all those posts that contain positivity, smiles, humour and a bit of laughter. They’re really helping me get through this tough time, and I know they’re also helping a lot of other people.

      I’ll be over to share a bunch of flowers soon.

      Take care.

  5. At first I thought that NOT mentioning the virus in a post was minimizing its importance. I mean – how could I not acknowledge the “elephant in the living room” so to speak. So I did a few posts with it as the subject in a peripheral way – related to a challenge. I did get comments. I saw your title to this post and thought…wow that’s me too. It was like the creativity door shut tight amidst all the surreal aspects to life that seemingly happened overnight. Yet not. I started watching the news every night to be informed. That heightened the nightmarish anxiety plus personal family crises on top of that. SO what I’ve started to do is write a bit by hand in one of the many blank journals that I have been given over the years. I acknowledge and record what is happening, but don’t subject my readers to the “doom and gloom” as you rightly call it. I wonder if this mirrors in some way why I kept so many diaries as a child. To make sense of the confusing. Seeing it in black and white.
    Also – I find that upbeat music helps. Sunshine helps. Less news helps. I hope you do not stop posting on your blog!

    1. I was very much the same as you in not wanting to mention the ‘elephant in the room’ but could not help but allow it to creep into some of my earlier blog posts. With me also reading far too many blog posts that were COVID-19 related (most of which had a doom and gloom feel to them), my mood soon changed and it went on to drain my desire to write. I don’t want anyone to think I’m ignoring what is going on in the world at the moment, but I think it’s only so much that we can all take.

      Listening to upbeat music certainly helps. In fact, I’ve blasted out quite a few favourite tunes from the 1980s while doing other jobs I usually find boring to do around the house. Now, I’ve learned that these jobs can be fun when listening to some favourite tracks.

      I certainly won’t stop publishing on my blog. My desire to blog has not gone, but readers may see a difference in my posts to what I usually publish.

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with us on this subject.

      Stay safe.

      1. Yes, there is only so much we can take regarding the pandemic situation. I am all for some lighter subject matter, which is where I’m headed too. Glad you will continue blogging :). Take care.

  6. Hi, Hugh – Once again you have hit the nail on the head. This is a very timely post for me. Before the Corona-virus outbreak, I had already begun to reduce the amount that I posted. After the outbreak, a couple of close blogging friends floated the question, “is it okay to publish light posts that totally ignore the coronavirus?” They had drafts that they had been working on previously and now are not sure if it would seem insensitive to post them. I realize that this is all a very personal decision. But with this question sent to me, I found that my writing stalled further.
    Thank you for this great post and the insightful comments that it has generated. They are very helpful.

    1. I’ve found it very strange that I’ve not been able to write and publish any of my usual blogging and social media tips posts since the pandemic began, Donna. I had one post ready to go, but haven’t had the heart to push the ‘publish’ button on it yet. I’m still not 100% sure that now is the right time to publish it, but I’m going to see how I feel about it in a few weeks.

      I’m glad this post has helped many of you. I think many of you find yourselves in the same situation as I do at the moment. As they say, it’s good to talk about it.

      Take care and stay safe.

  7. You’ve put into words what some (me) of us feel. I’ve seen comments concerning this as well. I find it more difficult to write about my ‘normal’ topics because it all seemed so ‘futile’ in comparison to the COVID-19 scare. The last few days I feel like it’s getting more normal but there still is a different vibe in the blogsphere (imo).
    Interactions on my blog are down a bit, reactions got shorter.
    I think the advice you’ve given is a very good one; keep on writing even if it is little by little.

    1. Thank you very much. You’re right. Many of us are feeling the experiences I mentioned in this post. I’m glad I wrote and published the post because many people are telling me that it’s helped in that they don’t feel alone in what is happening to them.

      I’m tempted to get back to writing my usual ‘tips’ posts. In fact, publishing this post and reading the comments has gone a long way in helping me come to a decision about writing and publishing them again.

      Take care and stay safe.

  8. Oh gosh, Hugh! Those questions- you’re freaking me out!! lol This post made me smile, got me thinking and improved my mood. I’ve been feeling a lot of the same things you mentioned. Time to take a closer look at what’s causing it. Thanks, Hugh!

    1. I’m so pleased this post has made you smile, Kat. That’s great. I think it’s gone some way in reassuring many of us that we’re not alone in this.

      Look after yourselves and stay safe.

  9. It’s been impossible for me to start anything new or even edit anything in progress. It’s a relief to know I’m not alone. I think what you said about a new chapter of life is true for many of us. But I also know that you’ll come through it with your own unique twist. Always appreciate your tips.

    1. You’re certainly not alone with what’s happening to many writers at the moment, Jan. I’m glad I’ve managed to find what I think it is that has made my passion for writing decrease, but I will continue to seek out other things which may also be affecting it.

      Thank you for the thumbs-up about my blogging and social media tips.

  10. My life hasn’t changed as much as many other peoples, Hugh. I have always preferred to work from home because I am not that social and don’t like to be interrupted when I work and I don’t like training people or showing them what to do because they never understand what I am telling them. It sounds quite weird, but I am much preferring avoiding the strain of having to do all the socialising and training the office requires. I am writing more than normal and have surpassed 100 000 words on my WIP. I am blogging the same as usual and reading blogs the same as usual. I have noticed a decline in comments and traffic although the visitors that are missing are those who were random anyhow. All the die hard bloggers are still there reading and sharing. I am a chartered accountant and am well aware of the economic implications of this virus and shut down but the world has faced plagues and world wars before and we have come through it all. We will do so this time too.

    1. I could probably say the same thing about my life in that it hasn’t changed a great deal, Robbie. I’m very much a ‘home bird’ and an introvert so enjoy spending more time at home than being outside. However, I don’t particularly like the thought of having the freedom removed from being able to go out when I want, but I totally understand why measures are in place. I don’t think I will suffer from ‘cabin-fever’ as many people are already are.

      I’m glad that events around the world haven’t affected your writing. It seems that many writers are suffering from a lack of desire and passion for writing, so it’s good to hear from somebody who hasn’t lost their passion.

      Stay safe.

  11. Reblogged this on firefly465 and commented:
    A fantastic post by Hugh about losing the desire to write at the moment and I must confess; I’ve been affected by this as well. However read this post and turn the desire to write back on.

  12. I’m finding it easier to write blog posts than to work on my novel in progress. I haven’t been able to concentrate enough to get my mind back into the novel. Early on in the pandemic I spent time working on short stories, but by last week even those had lost their appeal. Even as I continue to write my blog posts about my usual topics, I try to work in a reference to the pandemic. I think blog posts from around the world that mention the pandemic remind us that we are all in this together. We’re all struggling and finding ways to keep going. Also, in the back of my mind is the possibility that someone could discover my blog sometime in the future and it might be useful for them to know that a post they’re reading was written during a time of the uncertainties that a pandemic brings. Perhaps that’s just the historian in me.

    1. Thank you for your comments, Janet.

      I agree that we’re in this all together. When the pandemic first started, I was keen on reading other views on what was happening. However, reading too many of these posts started to affect my moods. This went on to influence the amount I was writing. It’s something I’ve never come across before, not even when my mother passed away five years ago. When that happened, my writing seemed to take a different direction, one which went on to me writing some fiction which many of my readers said they especially enjoyed. I find it fascinating on how various events in our lives can affect the way we write. It’s something I think I will look into with more detail, so expect a post from me on the subject in the future.

      I hope that people of the future will look back at us and see just how strong many of us were during this pandemic.

      Take care and stay safe.

  13. Hugh, you always have such interesting topics. As you know I’m not a blogger, but someday it could happen. I follow some blogs and have noticed that it is hard for me to comment when I’m under stress. The thoughts are there, but writing them down not so much. So these days I comment less frequently. You are the exception. Lucky you. LOL!

    I’m not a gifted writer like you. But I am a quilter (which is what I will blog about should I have a blog someday). Since I was a kid working on a quilt has always relaxed me and energized me at the same time. It has been a pleasure to be able to have a quilt to work on (although for the past year I haven’t been able to work on quilts because life just doesn’t allow it these days, not because of the virus.)

    I learned a long time ago when I’m under stress, uneasy, or anxious about something I don’t enjoy working on one. When this happens I always enjoy looking at what other quilters are doing. But my own mind won’t relax enough to do it myself. I’ve heard other quilters say how working on a quilt project helped them get through tough times. Me, not so much. My mind has to be clearer, uncluttered and relaxed.

    I’ve also noticed that I am receiving fewer blog posts from the blogs I follow.

    It is nice to read things unrelated to this virus. I could use a break from the bad news all the time.

    I always enjoy when you share your knowledge and experience about blogging.

    I don’t know how this virus will change things in the future. I think it will take some time for us to feel right again after it’s over. This too shall pass.

    1. Thanks so much for your thoughts and comments on this post, Lea. And I must begin by thanking you very much for the lovely compliments you have given me, my writing and my blog.

      Like you, I haven’t felt in the mood to leave as many comments on blog posts that I usually do. However, as I have changed to reading more and more blog posts that contain some positivity, I’ve found myself leaving more comments. Likewise, since cutting back on the amount of COVID-19 related articles and news I read, my passion for writing seems to be slowly returning.

      I think we can all do with a break from all the bad news we keep hearing. However, as somebody mentioned on the radio this morning, look for the light amongst the darkness. It’s usually there.

      Thanks again for sharing your thoughts with us. They were very interesting to read.

      Take care and stay safe.

  14. Yes Hugh I have found things hard to I am trying to laugh and be positive…really I am. I have joined Linda G Hill on her #WDIIA which is like a journal of how we are passing our days now that they are mostly the same. I have found I am using happy and uplifting music but something my inner thoughts are spilling onto the page.
    Mind you Hugh I am finding that helping people and doing alsorts of jobs to keep busy I have less time to blog? How does that work 😀🌈. Thank you Hugh for all your brilliant advice love to you be safe. Here is a beautiful song I used last night on my #WDIIA.

    1. I’ve had to really reduce the number of COVID-19 blog posts I was reading, Willow. Reading too many (as well as watching the news) was really affecting my mood, which in turn was affecting my writing. I’ll still read one or two COVID-19 related posts a day, but if they are more ‘doom and gloom’ related, I’ll stop reading the post straight away and move on to the next post. Just as reading more blog posts that contain some humour, fun and positivity, doing this has really helped lift my mood and bring back my desire to write. It’s not quite back with me fulltime, but it’s a positive sign.

      Like you, I’ve also caught up on lots of jobs that have been on my ‘to-do list’ list for a very long time. Crossing those jobs off my list has also bought me good feelings. It’s a bit like the feeling I get after decluttering a room, or after giving the house a good clean. I like that feeling a lot.

      Thanks so much for the music clip. It was lovely to listen to.

      Take care and stay safe.

  15. I’m tweeking an old book instead of starting a new one, but I can’t blame that on Covid-19. That’s just me putting off the difficult 🙂
    Thanks for the Dalek video! 🙂

    1. Like many, since the lockdown, I’ve completed a lot of jobs that have been on my ‘to-do list’ for a very long time, Aimer. Most, though, have had nothing to do with writing.

      Glad you liked the Dalek video. We must obey the Daleks.

  16. I’m glad I found this post of yours, Hugh, it really echoes the way I’ve started feeling in the past couple of days. Previously all was fine. I’m a writer and a home-worker, so everything will be as normal, I thought. And so it was until the weekend, when I woke up in the early hours thinking I was living in a dystopian novel I’d just created! Sadly, I didn’t wake up to find it was all a dream. The main premise of the novel I’ve been working on just seems trivial and I’m going to have to shelve it for the time being.
    Okay, so vent over. It’s new, it’s weird and it will pass!
    Staying away from Facebook, avoiding the CV-19 posts and going back to writing my usual short stuff – humourous, heroic, happy will my themes!
    Stay safe, stay sane and thanks for your thoughts today.

    1. Hi Chris, it seems that many writers are in the same boat, although it appears to be happening at different times. As someone who writes a lot of dark stories, it wasn’t until the pandemic started that I lost my desire to write anything on the dark side. However, as a result of my cutting down on reading too many COVID-19 related articles and blog posts, my desire to write certainly seems to be making a comeback. It’ll be interesting to know how you feel in a few weeks.

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on this subject with us.

      Take care and stay safe.

  17. I am with you, Hugh. We already had the discussion on one of my posts how tired we both got of all of those downing Corona posts. Yes, it is part of our world right now and we need to deal with it right now but we don’t need to make it part of our future. Therefore we need to keep up what we loved to do before: laughing and looking positively towards the future in a natural way. Yes, to smiles, no matter what the circumstances say. There will be a change, I am sure. Let’s make smiles, laughter, and positive hearts bring a change for the better.

    1. I couldn’t have put it better myself, Erika. I agree entirely that there are far too many COVID-!9 related blog posts out there, many of which are suffocating positivity, humour, love and laughter. It’s no wonder that so many people have issues with their mental health at the moment. The sooner we get back to how we used to write before the pandemic started, the better. I don’t mind the odd mention, but when it’s nothing but Coronavirus, Coronavirus, Coronavirus (and there’s no humour, love, or laughter included), it really does affect the way I feel (which goes on to affect everything else I do).

      Thank you for your positive thoughts.

      1. You say it. It affects the mood subliminally. I completely avoid it. I even began to avoid mentioning Covid-19, Corona and anything virus related in general but in particular in my #MomentsOfJoy posts. I only mention it when it is in a productive relation. Because the effect of this all are also very positive, most of all when we look at nature. There is always a good side to everything. Cheers to good moods, laughter, smiles, and happy hearts 😊💖🌷 🌹

  18. Hi Hugh, I still have the desire to write. I usually write my blog post weekly at about 600-700 words. On Sunday I wrote a post to capture my March at about 1,000 words. I spent lots of time to trim it down while trying to capture a turbulent month. The engagement on my blogs is about the same since the COVID-19 pandemic began and surprisingly the comments are longer with more details. Some of the bloggers that I follow and who have taken blogging breaks came back with 1-3 posts in March. Their writing style hasn’t changed but the topics understandably made reference to the pandemic. Atm, I carry on with my usual weekly blog posts. I have a few ideas bubbling in my head and am wondering whether I should pace my posts. I learned from Stephen King’s book “On Writing” that Writing is about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. So I’ll write because at the very least it’s enriching my life and I do want to have a record of some of my thoughts during this unprecedented time. I also take time to write comments on current and new-to-me blogs. Bloggers love comments so I try to add some positivity to another blogger’s day. If you have blogging tips to share and feel like writing, please do share. They are useful either now or in the future. Stay safe and healthy!

    1. I’m glad to hear you’ve not lost your desire to write, Natalie. I’ve read so many blog posts from writers, authors and bloggers who all seem to have lost some desire to write. Many haven’t been able to figure out precisely what it is that has made the desire fade, but some like Anne (whose blog post I linked to at the end of my post) has given lots of reasons as to why it’s happening. She also gives some great advice on how to overcome the slump in writing that many of us have faced.

      I’d add to what you learned from Stephen King that quality always supersedes quantity. I believe there’s not a right answer to the question ‘how many blog posts should I publish a day/week/month?’ because so long as what you are publishing is keeping your readership engaged and happy, then you’re obviously writing good quality blog posts.

      Thank you for the thumbs up about writing and publishing blogging tips.

      Stay safe.

    2. I was reading through all of the comments last night, Natalie, and your comment really stayed with me all day. You made an interesting point on how the comments are longer and with more details. I am not sure why, except possibly the roller coaster of our present day emotions. I love how you brought to my attention on Writing enriching the lives on those who read your work. A very important point on “enriching your own life, as well.” And, yes, adding positivity to another blogger’s day. You do that for me, Natalie, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. We are all in this together. xx

  19. I have seen a rise in posts from the bloggers I follow. The comments however have decreased a bit. I am writing as usual and trying to not write gloomy and worry inducing posts.

    1. Did the rise happen recently, or have you seen a steady increase in blog posts from the bloggers you follow since the pandemic started? Last week, I started seeing a rise again, but many of the bloggers I follow seem to be publishing mostly COVID-19 related blog posts.

      1. Gradually, I think. Well people are thinking about the pandemic, listening about it and reading about it. So it spills into their writing too. But most of them are not about it, more like due to it.

  20. I’ve found working on my WIP more difficult since this whole *waves hands vaguely* thing started and writing blogposts takes longer, definitely. But I think that’s related to my mental health. My Anxiety is wild atm, so I’m trying not to push things too much!

    I haven’t found engagement’s gone down… if anything the opposite. But that might be more to do with what I’m writing than anything – superheroes & self-care made up the majority of my posts over the last few weeks, and I think a lot of people identified with that. It’s similar to what I normally do but… more so. (I don’t think that made any sense, tbh, but there you go!)

    1. Oh, it makes a lot of sense, and I can see why your blog posts are getting more engagement (given the subjects you’re writing about). I think many readers who usually leave comments may not know how to react to specific blog posts at the moment. Some will find it very difficult to include some humour, while others may not want to share how they’re feeling. Regardless of the situation, we all find ourselves in at the moment, I’ve still seen evidence of the trolls out in force, especially on social media. But, as I’ve told some of the victims of trolls, the best thing you can do is ignore them.

      Stay safe, and thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

      1. Trolls are trolls – no more or less than ususal! (Thankfully, fingers crossed!) there are less swastika-toting vermin around than there were a few years ago, at least!

  21. My writing has reduced to poems but I am still reading and reducing the mountain of paper I had accumulated. Ripping up one’s creations is very depressing but once they are published why do you need them? I didn’t realise how many short stories I had written over the years but can’t remember which ones were sent away and used or rejected and which have never got past the manuscript stage. Oh to be efficient!
    I think we must all feel as if we are waiting for this to end before we spring into life again.
    Meanwhile, best wishes to all.

    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, Julie.

      I wonder when the end of this crisis will come? Somebody jokingly said to me in a text message that they hope to see me before Christmas! I only wish I see them in person again well before we see Christmas cards in the shops again.

      I’m pleased to hear you’re still writing, even if it is only some poetry. Writing anything at this time is far better than writing nothing at all.

      Keep on writing and stay safe.

  22. Hi Hugh! I’m so happy my post made you smile and inspired you! This time right now is playing with our minds. We really need to focus on the little things along the way, until if the way is only a short trip to the kitchen! Stay safe and keep your creativity up!

    1. Oh, it did, Elizabeth. All those different colours in your picture made me smile when I saw it. Not only that, but it also made me feel safe and secure. It was so simple and sweet (no pun intended). Keep sharing those inspirational photos and blog posts.
      Stay safe.

  23. We had so many family medical dramas recently, even without the virus, that I haven’t started a new novel yet, but I have penned a few flash fictions inspired by recent events. What is most interesting, for anyone already writing fiction set in ‘the present’ is what will they do now? The Present already changed too quickly, my first novel set in the present I changed to ‘the early years of the 21st century’. My latest novel was set in 2014 because of the opening event, luckily avoiding the years of Brexit domination. Now Brexit is forgotten and the whole world, not just our own country has changed. All the simple things the characters in a modern family or detective drama would be doing, they can’t do anymore. No shopping, no meeting someone new at a pub or club, no getting lost in the crowd for the person in danger… Who is going to meet the challenge to pen the first Corvid 19 novel? Even the word novel has been taken from us, used of course in its original meaning, new… novel virus.

    1. What you said about writing a novel or short story set in the present reminds me of the warnings we now see and which are announced on the TV when a programme starts that features life in the present. I wonder how long it will be before we see the likes of TV dramas and soap-opera feature COVID-19? I think what’s happening in the real world is just another challenge many writers have to overcome when putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboards).

      I’m sorry to hear about the family medical dramas you’re experiencing at the moment. I hope things get better real quickly for you and your family.

      Take care and stay safe.

    1. Yes, so much of it, Chris. It’s hard to put a finger on what is causing it, but let’s hope the desire to write comes back again. I always feel so much better after I’ve written something I know I will go on to publish on my blog.

  24. I’ve definitely lost the writing bug, but then I wrote a quick short story last week, submitted it for an anthology – and it was accepted. But with the nice weather, we’ve been spending a lot of time on garden jobs – not just a bit of weeding, but full on construction (a new greenhouse for a small space) and getting one of my raised beds ready to start growing vegetables and salads. I have a new allotment bed but can’t get to it as I’d have to drive. But I think in these times, it’s OK not to write for a while. We all need time to get our heads around what is happening and how our world has changed. I’m lucky that I have country lanes on my doorstep, and get to see nature’s renewal every day on my morning walk. I just wish people would stay at home as they’ve been asked. Apparently we had people in Snowdonia again this weekend and the Rescue helicopter was called out. Hope you and the family are staying safe.

    1. It sounds like you’ve been really busy with other jobs, especially with the excellent weather we’ve had, Eileen. Indeed, I’ve made use of all the spare time I found myself with because I wasn’t writing. I’ve also got a lot of jobs done that had been on my ‘to do’ list for a long time.

      Congratulations on having a short story accepted for the anthology. Even though you say you lost the writing bug, it sounds as if some of it stayed around. What was it that made you write the short story during this time that many of us have lost our writing mojo?

      It’s so sad to hear of the news about people stilling going on long journeys to off-limit beauty spots. I can only assume that by doing what they are doing will mean that we’ll all be hit with more stringent restrictions soon.

      Stay safe and look after yourselves.

  25. I’ve definitely found it tougher to get engaged with my WIP these last few weeks, but I’ve written poems, rewritten and recorded lyrics to songs, and posted prompt entries more than I have been, recently.
    I’ve discovered writing sprints with others to, and instead of writing, I’ve been using the time to structure and organise my story, and research certain elements…
    And I’ve been reading lots too!
    Yes to your good as well, Hugh. I think more people are dipping back into their blogs, with this extra time!
    Stay safe and #airhugs

    1. So it sounds as if you got your writing mojo back gradually, Ritu? What do you think it was that bought it back to you? Given that what’s been going on in the world is still going on, was there a point at which you knew you were back to where you were with writing before the current pandemic came into all of our lives? I haven’t witnessed a decline in blog posts, but many seem to be a lot shorter than they usually are. And I see less engagement on many of them too. Even with the extra time, many of us find we suddenly have, many seem to be finding it a tough time to write and communicate.

      Stay safe, and keep writing.

      1. I think the day I decided to stop looking at the news constantly was a game changer! And embracing the fact that I have more time now…

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