Guest Post:- Thomas Grant Bruso

Writing During the Pandemic:

Writing during the pandemic has been a struggle for many writers. A cloud of depression and uncertainty and not knowing the state of the future felt maddening, like tossing a monkey’s wrench into the creative cogs of our collective minds.

As a writer, it has been a tumultuous period to put pen to paper. Those emotional feelings have also felt like a broken track on a roller coaster or a scattered jigsaw puzzle missing its outer edges. For a while, I could not find my writer’s voice. Somehow it got lost in the ether of fear and doubt.

However, I had to solider on whether or not I wanted to. Some days, I fought to keep my strength to write a sentence or, for that matter, a full-fledged novel. Deadlines were a significant factor in finishing a book. But that is not to say I did not have days and weeks when I struggled to write anything.

A handful of my days still feel empty and void, even when I am writing. Is this good enough? Is this publishable? Will the editor like it? Will it be read? But writing for me is more than deadlines and publication. I’ve found therapy and solace in what I do—something, anything to keep my mind active, thinking—every day. The pandemic has been a blessing and a curse, a distraction, and an imposition. I love writing. It has allowed me to take myself out of this dystopian reality. Writing has helped me keep my sanity in an insane world. It has brought joy and contentment to an otherwise unsettling, starless period.

Writing is challenging, no question—there is nothing easy about it—but being in “lockdown” and practicing safe distancing from other human beings has contributed to the success of the writing process—at least it has for me. I need to write. I love it, and I have to do it. There are stories to tell, and the world needs more stories, books, and creative minds. The pandemic has allowed me to not only meet deadlines but to create a productive respite in my corner of the world.

Writing has saved me from certain bleak moments. I have also helped other readers find comfort in the worlds I’ve written during this challenging time. My writing has entertained quite a few people, and for that, I am enormously grateful.

I have managed to write and rewrite four stories: a short romance (“The Two of Us” published by JMS Books), a full-length novel (“The Unbroken Circle” published by JMS Books), and a debut horror novella, “Eye of the Beholder” released by NineStar Press). Recently, I’ve signed a new contract for a paranormal horror short story tentatively titled “Prayers of the Undead.” NineStar Press will publish it.

So, writers, keep at it. Keep writing. Write something every day—a paragraph, a page, ten pages. When you get stuck or do not have the strength to continue, take a break. Go for a walk. Listen to music. Watch your favorite TV show or movie. Cook. Read a good book. Then go back to the writing. It will be there waiting. I promise: you will find your footing—and voice—again. Do not give up!