How are you getting on out there? I’ve been wondering how we can best support each other through this surreal time.

At the beginning of this year, I rattled off the first 25,000 words of my WIP in double-quick time. I felt unstoppable, thinking I was on my way to achieving a personal-best NaNoWriMo moment. Then I stalled.

I’ve been laying low for a while now as I take immunosuppressants. Initially, I thought it would be relatively easy to switch off and write, but it hasn’t been. However, as much I tried to blot out what is going on in the wider world, my little purple patch fizzled out. I try to write with a degree of humour and, there’s nothing funny going on at the moment.

I’ve been keeping a Covid-19 Diary – Life Under the Cloud, so I can keep things in some sort of perspective as the unreal situation we all find ourselves in unravels, but it’s not the same as that wonderful freewheeling feeling when your creativity stream is in full flow. However much I wanted to get back to my WIP, something was holding me back

Until… I logged into an online Writers Retreat last Saturday, hosted by author and writing coach,  Lorna Fergusson.  Spending around 90 minutes in the company of 24 other like-minded people, has perked me up no end. That was all it took, knowing I was not alone.

I would love to know how you are all getting on and, most importantly, that you are all okay.  Use the comments box below, or drop me a line @  Maybe you can share how you are currently feeling, as well as any ideas you may have about how we can interact with each other during this difficult time.  Skype,, or pooling our blogs?  Or, maybe even creating another blog site to share our thoughts?

We are all in this for the long haul and, as writing is such an isolated business at the best of times, we need to buoy each other up whilst facing the worst of times, as we weather this storm.