10 Gentle Reminders for Writing When Everything’s on Fire

6. Always share your work with the intent to help, comfort, encourage, or call someone to act or change.

Even though this blog will continue posting as normal about the usual topics during this time, I just want you to know that no matter who you are, even if I don’t know you, you matter to me. I’m doing everything I can to amplify the voices that need to be heard right now on the appropriate platforms. Stay safe. Keep going. And take care of yourself.

And please consider being part of the solution.

1. You don’t have to work on your own writing projects right now. You can, and you’re allowed to take the time to express yourself creatively on your own time. But it’s not a requirement. No one will judge you for stepping back.

2. If promoting something you’ve written while something big is happening in the world doesn’t feel right, let it be. Your work is important, but it isn’t always the most important thing.

3. If you’re trying to write something and your heart just isn’t in it — and you are able to stop — switch, temporarily, to writing something that matches your current emotion or focus.

4. And if you have to finish writing what’s in front of you, take it one paragraph at a time. Make the most of it. Keep its purpose in mind and give it all you’ve got, even if it isn’t all you’re usually capable of giving.

5. If you need to write about your feelings but don’t know if it’s right or necessary to share those feelings, keep your written words to yourself. It’s OK to write just for you sometimes.

6. Always share your work with the intent to help, comfort, encourage, or call someone to act or change.

7. Your words matter. But not every story is yours to tell. Tell the stories that belong to you. Consume and share the stories that don’t.

8. If writing usually helps you cope with chaos, and it just doesn’t seem like it’s enough, talk to someone. Reach out. Be honest about what you’re feeling. If you need help, ask for it.

9. Words hold massive amounts of power. They can motivate progress, but they can also facilitate pain and destruction. It’s up to you to decide how you want to use your words.

10. Everyone, in their own way, is hurting. If you’re ever doubting that your words might be able to help someone, just assume they’ll help at least one. That’s important. That makes all the difference.

Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is an editor and writer, and a 12-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food, and Star Wars.

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