Good Ways to Reach Out While Writing in Isolation
So this virus has everyone (except the heroes on the front lines) stuck at home, wishing for the contact they once had. It’s a hard life shift when suddenly your support system is no longer available to you.
How can those of us who thrive on inner peace manage? When the whole world good influence or bad is suddenly off-limits?
Well, here are a few ways you as a writer can keep up with the Social Distancing that is running rampant in our everyday lives now. * Online Writing Parties- Several apps are becoming more and more popular in this age of distance, such as Zoom ( a video conference app) and Google Duo (an app that uses your phone # to video call) and Discord (a virtual chat room that limits participants to those with your special invite code - mostly a gamers app) Facebook has a call feature in its chat function as well. Some of these apps listed above limit the amount of free time you can use them, but if you space out your calls over a whole week it can be balanced. * Virtual Writing Conferences- Last year I attended my first ever Virtual Writing Conference, it was an awesome experience with lots of flexibility, and I’m sure this year most conferences will navigate the quarantines into virtual experiences. Look out for your faves and be sure to sign up early to get the best prices. *Camp for NaNoWriMo- The Generous folks over at NaNoWriMo have opened up a quasi camp this year early for the duration of the quarantines for writer support, and their forums are filled with ways to connect. And the handy yearly CampNaNoWriMo is always open in April and again in July! Get on it! * Writing themed Walks- Like some of the famous authors of old, taking long, isolated walks and observing the world around you is always free, and not off-limits during social distancing. As long as you use common sense and stay away from big crowds you are following the safe practices that are important for us all to remember. And best of all with all that alone mind space you can fully flesh out your stories and writing ideas, just be sure to bring something to keep track of your thoughts, a voice recorder or notepad or the notes app on your phone always works.