Right now, you can’t escape the news about COVID-19. No matter how much you want to. And being creative in a literal state of emergency? How the hell can that happen?
Well, for me, getting back to writing has been a bit of a balm on my worried soul. I already have anxiety disorders, and I’ll be honest when I say this whole time isn’t helping that. Writing, however, does. It allows me to get out of my head, to get out of this current time.
The second novel in the Rock and Roll Angel trilogy (which you’ll understand why it’s called that when it is done) is set in around the turn of the 21st century. Thinking back on that time, it takes me out of the now into the past. I’m also a bit of a stickler for accuracy – as my “Squid Squad” can tell you (The Squid Squad is a definite in-joke, and one of those – if you weren’t there, it does not make one bit of sense). I have thrown out quite a lot that was just one month out of alignment to the story.
Normally, stress takes away from my ability to be creative. But right now, getting out of my own thoughts really helps, and the muses are there to provide commentary on every damn thing.
Beyond writing, I am getting back into crafting. I’ll be posting some of those experiments soon on my Instagram. I also have some other things planned, but they’re in the nearly embryonic state, so I don’t want to talk too much about them in case they don’t go any further.
I like to do something creative every day – from colouring to paper crafting. Doesn’t always have to be writing. As long as the creative juices are flowing, it’s all good in my opinion.