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Writing Exercises to Help You Get Through COVID-19

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Hope everyone is doing well! During these uncertain times, I know a lot of us are struggling with being focused and productive. For last month’s #authortoolboxbloghop, TD Storm shared some great tips for maintaining your focus during this stressful time , and you can find them here. Today, I want to share some writing exercises that can help inspire you to keep writing.

  1. Put the main character from your current WIP in a quarantine situation. Everyone has a myriad of emotions right now, and sometimes writing about a character facing the same kind of problems you are facing can help you sort through all those emotions. What would your character do in this kind of situation? How would it affect the plot of their story? What choices are they now going to make?
  2. Journal daily. For me, writing has always been a way to cope with the challenges I face, as well as a healing process for any injured emotions I’ve had. It’s helpful to get all the anxious thoughts out of your head and onto paper. It is a good way to let them go. Journaling is also a great for focusing on the positives in your life right now. Are you getting to spend extra time with your family? Have you been able to finish some projects that have been on your to-do list for months? Remember to focus on the things you can control, and not the things you can’t.
  3. Create some artwork inspired by your current WIP. I love doing this. Whether it’s a painting or drawing of something specific from my WIP, or just an abstract piece that evokes the mood of my WIP, I always have fun with this activity. And I often learn something new about my WIP.
  4. Work on some of the extra writing tasks you still have on your to-do list. When I say extra tasks, I’m referring to those things that aren’t actually writing, but they still have something to do with your WIP. This can be anything from making a playlist for your WIP, to drawing a map for your WIP’s world, or making some character sketches for your WIP’s characters. These type of activities can also give you some insight into your WIP that you might not have had before.
  5. Write a letter to a friend or family member. We are writers, right? So what better use of some extra time than connecting with someone via letter. Sometimes we can write down things more easily than we can say them aloud, and I’m sure friends and family would love to receive a letter from you during this stressful time.

 

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So, what about you? What kind of things have you been doing to help inspire your creativity? Let me know in the comments!

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This post is part of the #authortoolboxbloghop hosted by Raimey Gallant. To find out more or join in the fun, go here.

20 thoughts on “Writing Exercises to Help You Get Through COVID-19”

  1. I’ve been having such writer’s block which sucks cause it’s Camp NaNoWriMo this month and I’m pretty far off my target. Maybe some of these will kick my thoughts into gear! Thanks ❤

    1. Glad you enjoyed the post! Good luck with Camp NaNo. I’m participating too, and am behind as well, but am hoping to make a lot of progress this week. 🙂

  2. These are wonderful! I’ve been writing one new sentence every day about the intersection outside my apartment. I’m practicing describing the same thing in different ways. I’m on day 10!

  3. These are great exercises! I’ve definitely been journaling daily, but I’ll have to try some of the others on the list! I think my rainbow markers are calling my name… 😂

  4. Journaling is something I’ve done for a long time, but I’m so glad I developed the habit because it has been vital to me now. Music has also been a huge source of creative inspiration for me, along with reading. 🙂 I loved all these ideas and will definitely be drawing from this list. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Really smart suggestions. I love the idea of putting my protag in quarantine, even just in my head to mull it over. As a matter of fact, I would just like to pretend this whole quarantine is a work of fiction.

  6. Great suggestions! I am in the middle of editing my second book and I have a solid goal, editing money in my writing fund account, and hope on the horizon. At this point, that’s the most I can do and control. I will be using some of your suggestions for sure!

  7. I love the idea of putting my characters in a quarantine situation. I’m stalled for Camp Nano so I’m going to give it a try! Depending on who they’re stuck with, things could get really interesting ^_^”
    I’ve also drawn two characters this month, it’s so relaxing 🙂

  8. Now you see, Charity, I write long emails and texts to my friends and family. My husband constantly tells me emails and texts are for short, quick comments. But I always have lots to say…and questions…and concerns…and hopes that things are going well. Like you say, Charity, I’m a writer and believe in the power of words. Thanks for these suggestions. They are great ones!

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