Susan Hull says:
I’m struggling to accept that it’s okay for me to enjoy isolation and self-absorption without apology. My interaction with the world, aside from my horses whom I visit for hours every day, has become mostly reading what people write, along with writing the occasional comment. I’m still hesitant and self-conscious about publishing my own writing, so it mostly stays in my head, but I did take a couple of online writing workshops and even liked what I wrote. In one of the workshops, we didn’t share what we wrote, which was a relief at the time, but now I notice myself wanting to share it. So all in all, having the freedom to isolate has allowed me to identify a desire to express myself. I don’t know if that would’ve happened without the isolation being sanctioned as a good thing and not an antisocial thing.
Lucy Moore reports:
I am not as extroverted as everyone, including me, thought. I suspected that it would be fine with me to cut out the bulk of the coffee dates, lunches, cocktail hours, dinner parties, book clubs, and board meetings. And it is. I don’t mind at all. So, if you read this and your feelings are hurt and I tell you, “oh, no, I don’t mean you – you’re my best friend and I miss you dearly,” please believe me.
· I need to be busy. I have yearned for more free time for all those projects – creative, home maintenance, life organizing, etc. – and yet here I find myself frantically busy with work, busier than I’ve been in years. The first few weeks were fun. Everything was cancelled, the world was quiet, the contrails were gone, the bunnies, the deer, the birds were celebrating. My husband and I made dozens of masks for friends in Navajo country, him designing and cutting, me sewing. I read The Iliad and Jane Eyre. I cleaned out one closet. And then that was enough of that. I jumped on each work opportunity that came along and soon was loaded with little time to think about the state of the country and the world. Aha, now it makes sense.
(I’m a huge fan of her blog–https://lucymoore.com/category/blog/)
Karla Linn Merrifield answers some questions:
How has the pandemic affected your writing?
It’s given me more time without many distractions to think more and write more. I’m disciplined about my writing normally and that habit has served me well to use “newfound” time.
Is there any advice you would give to young writers during this time?
Show up. Do it. Even if it’s only a sentence or a paragraph/stanza every day.
Read the entire interview here: