How To Become A Better Writer While Social Distancing

I’m a full-time writer at my job. I should know how to make use of this time. However, it feels like I don’t know how to make use of it. Recently writers in a Facebook group I’m in posed the same concern: despite having more time, they’re unable to focus on writing.

Turn Off The News Or Watch it Once A Day

No news is good news. If Ellen Degeneres had a News segment, I’d watch it. It would be filled with all the good uplifting things happening in the world. It would be a welcome respite from all the doom and gloom.

News and social media will feed your anxiety, hopelessness and helplessness. Focus on what you can control, like staying home for example. This will give your brain more room to create, roam, think and express itself.

Takeaways:

  1. Turn off the news or watch it once a day.
  2. Focus on what you can control

We Have Always Wanted To Work From Home

Well, not under these circumstances. The universe has conspired to have us indoors. Let’s make hay while the sun shines. I have been writing on Medium for 2 years and joined the Medium Partner Program in 2019.

The number of articles from writers seeking to write from home is a lot. The irony of the matter is we work more when we have less free time on our hands. Before the madness started, we never had enough time. We were piecing 10 minutes here and 30 minutes there.

Now that we have more time on our hands, we don’t know what to do with it. We’re letting panic, news, social media and other things define how we function. Nature is testing your ability to be disciplined enough. To sit at your desk and create something. To turn off the elements you don’t control and do the work.

Now is the time to try out different work from home techniques that you can implement in future when you transition. Are you a morning person, night owl or any time person? Binaural writing music or no music at all? Morning exercise or morning yoga? There is a lot of time to test what works and pick the best technique.

Takeaways:

  1. Time is on our side, use it wisely.
  2. We have enough time to write daily.
  3. It’s time to discipline ourselves to sit and create something every day.
  4. Test out different work from home techniques.

Use Social Distancing To Improve Existing Pathways Of Revenue

Do you have a blog that needs a facelift? Are there any broken images and broken links, that ought to be fixed? Can you hit another milestone in terms of traffic that can help you join an ad company and finally earn some passive income?

These are items to consider. We’re now 90 days into 2020 and although the situation looks a bit bleak right now, it’s going to get better. In the meantime, review your work, your business and your 2020 resolutions.

Quadruple your efforts on what has been working and dial down on what’s not working. Or change your approach. As a Medium writer, maybe that might mean learning about headlines, curation and being a more engaged writer in this platform.

At the beginning of March, I focused more on what was working on my blog and changed several approaches. My site has now hit several amazing milestones and I’m happy.

There’s always something you can improve on when social distancing that can make your work 10 times better.

Takeaways:

  1. Improve existing pathways of revenue.
  2. Review your writing business.
  3. Focus on one thing you ought to improve.

Conclusion

We’re living in uncertain times. We have to make the most out of it. Whether this means listening to music, exercising at home or creating designated work areas; a business must continue. It’s hard. Let’s learn to be adaptable and quickly pivot from one system to another in order to survive.

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