Finding Motivation to Write

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  1. Al Stine profile image94
    Al Stineposted 2 weeks ago

    I would like to find out some tips from other hubbers on how to stay motivated to write articles not centered around the renowned COVID-19 virus. It is understandable to raise awareness around such a global pandemic, and obviously most people are looking for information regarding the virus. I find it difficult to write about anything other than the virus because at the moment any other topic seems less relevant to the current conversation. At the same time, practicing social distancing and staying indoors to avoid contracting the virus becomes a painful experience if your eyes are flooded with the word 'COVID-19' everywhere you click.

    1. chef-de-jour profile image98
      chef-de-jourposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

      Tricky times, surreal, weird. I 'escape' from Covid by ploughing on with my niche topic - poetry analysis. It seems to work for me. After years of building up hundreds of articles I'm not going to succumb to the beast!! I feel a bit like a hamster storing up food for later while running on the wheel. But I won't stop.

      My tip for those who are fated to write about Covid 19? Mmmm...don't, unless you can find a unique angle, which probably means writing a diary/journal of some kind? Run of the mill articles on Covid19 will likely get swamped.

      Motivation - sometimes you have to be bloody-minded, ignore the mainstream, (allow yourself a few minutes each day with the beast?) then retreat into a cosy writing cave space, head down and start writing 100 words, 200 words, a half hour, an hour.

      My mantra goes something like: 'I ain't finished with you yet Mr TS Eliot, Mrs Angelou... I'll be back.'

      1. Al Stine profile image94
        Al Stineposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

        Tricky times indeed. It is even difficult to have any conversation without addressing the elephant in the room first.
        I will try to adopt your mantra, otherwise, I might just take a much-needed sabbatical.

    2. OldRoses profile image96
      OldRosesposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

      I'm fortunate because I write gardening articles which are quite popular now going into the gardening season.  For other people, I would suggest that you use this opportunity to write articles on subjects that you are passionate about or that you have been thinking about writing but were afraid that they wouldn't be popular.  Instead of worrying about the pandemic, use the time to explore new interests.  They may not make you a lot of money in the long run, but it you do nothing you will not make any money at all.

      1. Al Stine profile image94
        Al Stineposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

        Thanks, OldRoses. I will try to explore my other interests.

    3. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image98
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

      I hear you, but if this is the worst thing that ever happens to you, consider yourself fortunate.  I've lost all desire to write for the moment, because I'm really sick..and not with the virus.  Radiation therapy has brutal side, no, I don't care about what is being written or what to write.  My numbers have dropped significantly, but again, that is not at the top of my list!

      1. Al Stine profile image94
        Al Stineposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

        That's unfortunate TT2, I hope you'll get well soon. You can take comfort in the fact that numbers have dropped for most hubbers, so you're not lagging behind during your absence.
        I guess I'll have to make the best out of this situation.

        1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image98
          TIMETRAVELER2posted 11 days agoin reply to this

          That is something we'll all have to do.  This situation will create new worlds for those of us who survive it.  If I had my health right now, I'd be spending time updating my work and creating new stuff...but my health will return and I can do all that stuff then.  In the meantime, my HP checks continue to show up...less than before...but still not bad.  I consider myself very lucky.

          1. Al Stine profile image94
            Al Stineposted 10 days agoin reply to this

            Indeed TT2, Will all pull through, this too shall pass. Am sure you'll come back stronger and rejuvenated. I cannot even imagine what you are going through right now, but am inspired by the fact that you still have enough strength left in the tank to look to the future with optimism. You can indeed consider yourself lucky, we also consider ourselves lucky to have people like you.

            1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image98
              TIMETRAVELER2posted 10 days agoin reply to this

              ..aww shucks!  Thanks.

  2. How to - Answers profile image95
    How to - Answersposted 2 weeks ago

    There are other articles you could write about that people will be searching for other than information on the virus.  I am in the middle of writing a recipe for making bread with yeast.  The longer this goes on the harder it will be to get fresh foods.  I know we are being told there will not be any shortages, I live in the Republic of Ireland, but it would do no harm to be prepared. 

    Also those writers who know a lot about vegetable gardening and other prepping subjects will be searched for too.  These articles would be evergreen unlike any on the virus.  I also doubt very much unless you are a doctor that these articles would get very far on Google search engines anyway. 

    So I intend to keep writing and gardening while I continue to self isolate

    1. Al Stine profile image94
      Al Stineposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

      That's a better suggestion. Articles that are useful now and will still remain relevant after this episode.
      The problem is, I do not have the stomach to write anything remotely related to the current conversation. I would much prefer to write or read something that will enable me to forget the dire times we are in.
      Perhaps a different indoor hobby might do the trick.

  3. FatFreddysCat profile image98
    FatFreddysCatposted 2 weeks ago

    I've actually been more prolific than usual during the Covid outbreak. My company has had me on a work-from-home protocol for the past two weeks, which means I've had lots of time to sit around the house listening to music. It's given me time to get caught up on quite a few articles that I've had sitting around half-finished for a while.

    That said, I usually avoid writing stuff that taps into current events/trending topics, but in the past two weeks I've posted two tongue-in-cheek articles listing rock & metal songs about viruses & disease, and they're doing quite well. So there is a way to write about the Coronavirus without going all gloom-and-doom.

    1. DrMark1961 profile image97
      DrMark1961posted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

      I have been more prolific too. I have downloaded every episode of "My Name is Earl", "30 Rock", and "The Simpsons". Guess who has been binge watching the last few days?

      1. Al Stine profile image94
        Al Stineposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

        I have a list of shows I intend to binge watch, then I realized my shows have too much science and end-of-the-world mumble jumble.
        I think I'll add "My Name is Earl" to my list, sounds like a refreshing show.

        1. DrMark1961 profile image97
          DrMark1961posted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

          The first seasons were better, but it is a good way to while away some time. Much easier to binge watch than The Simpsons, and a lot more fun than an end-of-the-world show!

          1. Al Stine profile image94
            Al Stineposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

            I thought the Simpsons is the easiest show to watch. I have managed to watch all 30 seasons in the last few years. I will watch 'My Name is Earl' immediately after I finish watching 'Barry.'

            1. DrMark1961 profile image97
              DrMark1961posted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

              Okay, I had not heard of that one and just looked it up. Something new to download and binge watch!

              1. Al Stine profile image94
                Al Stineposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

                You won't be disappointed, I can assure you.

    2. Al Stine profile image94
      Al Stineposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

      I have bad taste in music. Strange enough, my music is all-out doom-and-gloom, completely inappropriate for this difficult time. I wouldn't even consider sitting at home listening to music, the plants in the house might start dying.
      I think I'll write an article on the best sneakers suited for a zombie apocalypse.

  4. Eurofile profile image97
    Eurofileposted 12 days ago

    I have a backlog of travel information and ideas for articles. I was wondering how relevant they are now. For escapism they might be okay. I anticipated having more time to write. I am spending so much time keeping in touch with friends via methods other than direct meetings that writing gets no more of a look in than normal. It takes me so long to get an article ready to publish, maybe the situation might have improved a little by then.

    1. theraggededge profile image97
      theraggededgeposted 12 days agoin reply to this

      Ah... then you must offer virtual tours for the time being. Be creative and see if you can think of a unique approach.


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