Living in the province of Quebec for a number of years I was exposed to chaotic, theatrical and unusual politics. But those issues pale in contrast to what I’m reading, witnessing and absorbing now.
I’m supposed to be immersed in my story – but when I take a break, and turn on the radio, or TV or phone then I’m assaulted again by yet another instance of hate.
What can a writer do when all of my emotions are under attack? I’ve had to devise ways of protecting myself from the everyday horrors of the daily news.
- I have arranged for no-media days. That’s tougher than you think when I rely on social media to keep current in the publishing world.
- I choose to write first, early in the morning. This works because then I feel at least that my mind hasn’t been poisoned by the latest news cycle.
- I try to surround myself with positive people.
- I limit my discussion of politics.
- When I’m really upset, I head to my garden porch, sit in a rocking chair, survey my flowers and drink tea. I remind myself of everything that I have in my life. Family, friends and my bubble of love.
- I light candles and set up my room diffuser with an essential oil. Right now, I’m using one called ‘Unwind’.
- I look for novels that have encouraging and positive endings. We need that right now. I believe that is why readers are attracted to romance novels. They are given hope.
- How are you managing in these chaotic times?