How can a social-distancing writer focus on 1) writing progress and 2) spiritual wellbeing?
If you’re getting plenty of alone time, writing should be easy, right? But you’re still living in unfamiliar circumstances, perhaps removed from routines or places that inspire you. If you’re surrounded by children or other adults who suddenly find themselves without school, play dates, work, and outings, togetherness (as welcome as it may be) obviously forces a whole new writing paradigm.
Change can be good, but it can also be uncomfortable, stressful, disruptive. It may prompt unsettling thoughts, moods, lack of motivation. So what’s working (or not working) for you as you navigate this sea of changes?
- Finding a new home writing spot (inside or out) that works better for now?
- Setting different routines for meals, physical activity, family or social time, screen time, and business (including writing)?
- Modifying schedules and productivity goals to allow more space for interruptions, more tolerance for “small” gains?
- Devising games and rewards to motivate yourself, to encourage cooperation?
As helpful as some or all of these adjustments may be, their effectiveness is not assured. What is certain, is that God has not left, has not changed, has not forgotten or ceased to love His children. Five minutes on any news outlet or social media platform today reveals widespread anxiety, frustration, and questions, even among Christians. At the same time, we’ve probably never seen so many posts of spiritual songs, encouraging Bible passages, or historical parallels (I personally love the ones about Noah’s Ark) to others who have endured trying times.
No post or routine change will automatically raise your spirits or jump-start a writing masterpiece. But grounding today’s reality in the unchanging nature of a good, true, and beautiful God Who is the source and guarantee of life, is our lifeline. Cultivating this awareness allows us to find our blessedness in being connected to God “like a tree planted by rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither, and whatever [it] does shall prosper” (Psalm 1:3).