Creating Content in the Time of COVID

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I am of the opinion that everyone has a story to tell in their own unique way. Many get intimidated because they feel their tale has already been told. And, though there are definitely similarities when it comes to the human experience, I guarantee you can put another spin on it.

Four weeks into the pandemic lockdown and many folks are bouncing off the walls, knitting straitjackets for the kids, their significant others, or maybe even themselves. Why not write a story about it, from a comedic perspective? Why not develop characters that can be woven into different scenarios that can be told to the kids before bedtime? Those are two examples of how inspiration can be gained from any situation.

Looking for how to get started? Here are a few things you can do:

– Jot down a few key words or a theme on which you want to write. Worried about this quarantine lasting for the remainder of the year? You may be able to create a character undergoing a similar circumstance. Maybe she is being held captive by space pirates that have tentacles for arms and legs. Maybe it’s a husband and father who is seeking employment after his company has folded because the mortgage is overdue.

– From there, find out what the character wants. Freedom? A new career path? Figure out all the obstacles that stand between and how (s)he can triumph.

– Not so much into writing fiction? No problem. Keep a journal and, ensuring you’re not divulging anything you want to keep private, start up a blog to post your thoughts. How do you feel about the current pandemic? Do you think there is a hidden agenda underway? Share those thoughts.

– Set aside time to write everyday. To make it a habit, create a reminder in your cell phone that goes off the same time each day. Maybe it’s for an hour after the kids have gone to bed. Maybe it’s first thing in the morning, before everyone else has gotten up.

– Here’s the biggest challenge: keep it going. That means, even after “The Outside” opens up again and the quarantine has been lifted, continue to write.

– Realize that your stuff does not have to necessarily be for public consumption, though there are multiple avenues that allow for inexpensive self-publishing, if you like.

As for Yours Truly, I’m keeping busy. I’ve already begun to map out the next projects I will write and release. Some will be interconnected, which requires some planning as to whether these worlds and characters are deeply involved or simply brush up against each other. This is how literary universes are built (that’ll be for a later blog post). Some of the will just be standalone stories.

The goal is to keep distracted during all the bad news we’re getting via the news. In the midst of the mayhem, create something fresh and new. Your voice is your own.

More into building new streams of income than characters and storylines? Make sure you check out the latest post on my HustleLogic blog: