Lockdown Blog Day 23

Wednesday, 15th April 2020

Writing a daily journal is great if, and it’s a big if, you’re actually doing something!

That’s not to say I’m not doing anything! I’m writing, I’m editing, I’m marketing, I’m gardening. I do things. Plenty of things. Afterall, I was working from home before it was enforced!

But now, there’s nothing unusual to do. There’s routine. Routine is great for getting things done. But it’s not great for inspiration. When I write, it’s the people that I meet that become characters. Their mannerisms, patterns of speech, quirks all become part of the fiction. Places I see and go to become settings. Daily life, without realising it, is the inspiration I needed.

Now we don’t have daily life. The only people we see are those in our household and those carrying out their daily necessities. And most of them are hidden behind masks. The places we go are the shop and back. Very quickly!

I envy those who are using this time to write. Perhaps, and I am certainly incredibly envious of these people, they are using this situation as inspiration!

Maybe I stop making excuses for not writing and just get on and write.

Published by Nick Taylor | Editor & Proofreader

Editor and proofreader specialising in LGBTQ+ writing, both fiction and non-fiction.

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