Today I wanted to discuss my thoughts on writing about coronavirus. It makes sense to write about things that affect you and you have personal experience with, which means a lot of writing about coronavirus is happening right now. I’ve written a couple pieces about it myself on this blog that you may have seen. I’m not saying it’s a good or bad thing– no writing topic is simply good or bad. If you want to hear the rest of my thoughts on this hot topic translating into your writing, keep on reading.
As I already briefly mentioned, I think it’s so important that we see pieces that reflect the crazy times we’re in now! However, I know that for me personally, it’s really hard to put my own personal twist on this topic. I’ve been very careful about social distancing and there’s only so many things I can write about being stuck in my house.
I’m also lucky enough to not know anyone personally who’s had the virus yet or particularly suffered from having the virus– my family members and friends are thankfully safe. I don’t have a personal experience to write about in this area, and I’m not in a place where I want to find one.
I’ve come to the point where I want to write about anything else as an escape from reality and a reminder of different, happier times. If you’re at that point too, that’s not a bad thing either. Write about whatever comforts you and gets you through living in these times.
Conversely, if you need to write about COVID-19 and related things to cope with the situation and get those feelings out on the page, of course do that! Besides, who am I to tell you what to write anyway? 🙂 As we’re all probably familiar with, writing is just another form of freedom of expression that makes our lives more bearable.
As with any topic you plan to write about, write your truth, and write it your way. I have enjoyed hearing about other people’s perspectives on this situation– the bad, the good, all of it together. This is definitely a strange time that needs to be documented, and there’s plenty of free time to sit down and document it. Similarly, there’s plenty of free time to read about it and keep up with the news.
There’s also so much going on in our world right now that’s not directly related to COVID-19. 2020 has been an absolute rollercoaster, and the political climate is intense right now in the USA because of the upcoming election. You can write about these topics if you want without mentioning COVID-19 at all, and they’re just as relevant!
I hope this was sparked some inspiration or other thoughts for you all! I just wanted to have a sort of reminder that this is a great time to write, whether it’s about what’s going on in the world or not. Please feel free to leave your thoughts on this in the comments. Stay safe and healthy out there!