So far I’ve learned a lot from this Camp Corona writing retreat. The first, and most important, is that no-stress writing routines don’t exist. Hear me out. They shouldn’t exist. It shouldn’t be easy. Deadlines keep me moving forward even when I don’t feel like it. The anxiety over paying the bills forces me to find ways that I can work when my physical and mental limitations seem like insurmountable obstacles. Wanting to be better drives me to work harder on developing the craft. These are all positives.
You can, however, reduce the negative stressors of writing. The key to this, for me, is eliminating distractions. Social distancing and restrictions have shown what’s necessary and what’s not. I do not have to do laundry once a week. Every-other week is fine, and don’t take twice as much time. I don’t have to go grocery shopping twice a week; again, every-other week will suffice. It means carrying more, buying fewer perishables, and getting outside less often, but it can be done. Motivation to stay inside isn’t motivation to write, but it doesn’t hurt.
The biggest distraction has been the news. I haven’t released anything new since this began. For the first few weeks I was either engrossed by the news, or having panic attacks about the state of the world. It had to stop. Hence this interlude. I’m pretty much committed to just writing, reading Brontë sisters novels, and watching wrestling until this ends — if it ever does.
No-Stress Writing Routines
- This week I am not posting about anything that happens beyond the walls of my apartment.
- I am checking email and Twitter DMs twice a day, once after lunch and once after dinner EEST (UTC +3).
- The majority of my time is spent writing and reading.
- Current work in progress: DoubleZero
- Currently reading: Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë
- Currently watching: the latest episode of AEW Dynamite on Fite TV.
- Today is Day 38 in isolation.