Thank you, Ben Huberman and Discover Prompts for today’s title prompt, Focus. My inability to do just that has been a problem during recent weeks, and I’ve even just eaten my last biscuit without noticing.
As the Coronavirus pandemic started to take hold, Discover Prompts decided to post daily prompts throughout April to help us all regain our writing rhythm and, for me, it has been a blessing. Writing is a lonely business at the best of times, let alone when everything you know suddenly becomes an alien place.
The prompts have helped me to move away from the dark place my writing was falling into and they drew me out from my gloomy Life Under the Covid-19 Cloud posts. I suppose, confronting Coronavirus through our writing is something we all needed to get off our chests, but not if it takes our focus away from the writing we love.
I am not someone who is going to be writing a suspense novel about a pandemic-busting superhero any day soon. I just want to make people smile. I was well into my second novel, a murder mystery spoof set in the fictitious market town of Didsbrook when everything kicked off. I had planned to finish it by the end of April. Then, poof! The pandemic pushed the comedic focus out of my head.
At my virtual Jersey Writers Social Group meeting this morning, I was asked.
‘When are we going to hear more about Didsbrook?’
‘Soon.’ I said. But, you know what? Thanks to Discover Prompts, I’m ready to focus on what really matters in my writing life, and that would be, The Doyenne of Didsbrook.