Friday, July 24, 2020

Writing: Adapting

Writers, how are you adapting to this new situation? Are you using the enforced time at home (some of you, anyway) to write, or are you (like me) finding it difficult to concentrate in these trying times? Every morning it seems that I'm faced with more information than I want about the latest in Covid-19, together with the riots that seem to gather strength as time goes on. Does it bother you?

And will your next book feature people in masks, social distancing, avoiding contact with others? Or will you write about the old order, when no one wore masks and social distancing was an unfamiliar concept? I guess the writers of historical fiction won't have to make that decision, and I'm not sure what the science-fiction crowd will be writing. But it's another thing to worry about.

Have you thought about any of this? I have, and I don't have answers. Do you?


Patricia Bradley said...

Just this morning, I asked my readers about this, and everyone who responded said to please not mention Covid or any of the stuff we're going through. I know I don't want to read about it or even about social distancing. And mentioning it will certainly date your book...what do you think, Richard?

Patricia Bradley said...

Oh, and some said once this is all over, they don't want to be reminded of it. :-)

Priscilla Bettis said...

The riots bother me much more than the virus does. But I'm fine writing. It's an escape. I did move the setting of my WIP to pre-covid to avoid it all.

Richard Mabry said...

Priscilla, if your timeline doesn't include Covid, you're home free. Smart move.
Patricia, it will date our book if we mention it, but then again, if we don't mention it, that dates us as well. Another bonus from China.