Writers in a Dangerous Time

I am finding this post a necessary respite in the midst of all the dreadful news that bombards us day in and out – it is hard not to feel that times are now the worst they have ever been and battling depression is difficult. Writing seems like an indulgence in times like these and this blog post reminds us of why it’s important NOT to abandon our art. Please note that it is a patreon site so I have made a (small) rolling donation and if you can spare it you might like to consider doing likewise.

Story Hospital

Dear friends,

I am committed to giving advice to any writer, anywhere, but today’s post is specifically for those of us in the U.S. and elsewhere who are deeply distressed by the thought of President Trump and deeply anxious about what comes next for the U.S. and the world. It’s a modified version of my post-election piece on goals and deadlines in a time of strong emotions. This one is more general, without the NaNo-specific content, and I hope it will be a post that you can come back to again and again.

As we face difficult times as creators of art, we will face a lot of pressure from different sides, and from within ourselves. We will be pressured to make art. We will be pressured to stop making art. We will be pressured to make different art, to be more radical or more moderate, to be commercial or to…

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