Friday, May 08, 2020

Writing: Effect Of Being At Home (Readers and Writers)

We're beginning to open things up (except for those who live in some of the states kept at home indefinitely--and you know who you [and your governors] are). Since we're in the group that's a bit more at risk, my wife and I will continue our routine for a while. Actually, it hasn't made much difference.  However, if you're leaving the house now, I have a question for you. Has this enforced time at home altered your reading habits? Has the time at home made you appreciate your family more (or less)? Has your tv-watching increased or decreased?

For the writers among us, have you--like I--found it difficult to concentrate long enough to do a lot of writing? I've already posted that this is a problem among some of the writers of my acquaintance. How about you?

Just asking. I'd really like to know.


Priscilla Bettis said...

I'm a slow writer anyway. I lack confidence and write and think and delete and write some more, so at my pace, the pandemic hasn't slowed me down any further at all.

I've read more because I'm not running around. I have more time in the home, so a book is a good way to fill the time.

TV? nah. A book is always more interesting.

I SUPER appreciate my husband because he can work quietly from home and respect my need for quiet to write. I wasn't sure he'd be able to since he was used to interacting with his coworkers all day. He and I are well-suited to each other and get along great. I'm glad.

Richard Mabry said...

I'm not sure about being a "slow" writer--one of my colleagues had it written into his contract that he produced one book per year. For other writers, four books a year is normal. My problem is that I can't really get into doing writing right now--hard to get it going. But we'll all come out of this and get our writing done just as we used to.

Patricia Bradley said...

I can't see that my pace has changed at all! Because COVID affected our non-profit, I've taken a more active role in it and that has really eaten into my time. And I've found writing extremely difficult, but now I'm wondering if it's more that I was starting a book and that's always the hardest part for me? That's the time I'll do anything to keep from writing, it seems. And then there was the release of my book that took a tremendous amount of time...and then I'm ADHD...but you couldn't tell that, could you?

Richard Mabry said...

I think the slow-down has affected the writing habits of many of us. But we'll get through it. Thanks for commenting (and congratulations on your new release).