About the Author:
Hannah has her own blog, Beyond a Bookshelf, where she posts regular articles on publishing and book reviews. Her blog ties in her passion for writing and feminist literature.
My writing is often inspired by the world around me and as a blogger I rely on such motivation. So when the world submerged into a global pandemic, that ideology shifted ambiguously. Lockdown has caused inconceivable impacts for so many of us by completely altering the way we live. My mindset was dealing with the harsh realisation that the world outside was uncomfortable and my writing was battling the consequence. How can one remain writing when the world was changing so drastically?
When initially put on furlough, the weeks were shaping out to be a long stretch of time in which I could use at my disposal. As a writer that sounded like a haven, an unattainable goal achieved by the very few. So when weeks within lockdown had come and gone, and I hadn’t written a single word, I felt as though I was wasting that time. Already feeling disheartened, the constant news being sent to my phone of the awful stories happening beyond my walls was coupling to create a damaging mentality. The idea of trying to switch on my brain and create something new felt exhausting. My online presence was non-existent as I was hiding from new broadcasts and other posts of panic. What I once enjoyed now felt like a chore.
I needed a routine that kept me occupied, but at the same time didn’t overwhelm. That’s a hard goal to reach as I’m sure you know that every day feels different. So I had to be kind to myself and knock plans off the list that felt too intense. It was also kept simple: plan an Instagram post, take a couple of pictures, read a chapter, write 50 words etc. Everything was changeable and even completing one task felt like a win. Some days I felt like I could manage more and that feeling boosted my confidence. I felt creative on days I had supportive discussions with other creative friends. I felt motivated when I received praise from my previous work. I felt happy when I took regular breaks. I didn’t feel frustrated when I did nothing because sometimes that’s needed.
The world outside often still feels uncomfortable and there are days when I still feel like doing absolutely nothing. Yet I found within lockdown that even the smallest bursts of creativity felt all the more prominent during this uncertain time. Everything felt deeply appreciated, from a chat with your friend to the first coffee break sip of the day. I know I will always feel that going forward. It is the accomplishments, no matter how small, which push you to keep doing what you love.
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Thank you fro reading, as always.