I wrote a blog post towards the beginning of lockdown about how I was struggling to write. My mind just felt too busy to be able to focus on a big writing project or mapping out a new novel.
But then I got thinking. Why not write about lockdown? Short stories based on real everyday life. Stories that record memories and reflections of this unique and slightly surreal time.
For some reason, I’ve been finding it much ‘easier’ to write short stories now. These capture emotions, the focus being on the characters, rather than huge action scenes or shocking drama. I’m finding these stories are coming more naturally to me, and I’m now working on my fourth since lockdown began. For me, who usually struggles to finish anything, that is quite a lot of fresh, new content in a relatively short space of time.
I’ve been enjoying having multiple stories out for consideration simultaneously. It feels good to have not all my eggs in one basket and makes me feel much more optimistic about getting work accepted.
I’ve also noticed lots of calls for submissions for short fiction set during this time – so I haven’t been struggling to find places to send stories to!
In fact, the first lockdown story I wrote, ‘A dog called Rupert’ is due to be published in a brand new, Somerset based magazine tomorrow! More details on that to follow 😊
I’m not sure why it’s the stories which feature dogs that always seem to do the best, but it does seem to be part of the winning formula!
I still have dreams of becoming a novelist and hope to get back to the bigger projects soon. But for now, I’m enjoying the instant satisfaction and the freedom that writing shorts brings.
What are you writing in lockdown? Have you found the change to normal routine a writing help or hindrance? As always, get in touch.