Inside the Writer’s Mind: Original Copy

Joke about Covid-19.

It’s hard to ignore a global pandemic, but writing about it has some problems. Many publishers have put out notices saying they don’t want any more stories on the subject because they have already been sent thousands of manuscripts. But it’s difficult to ignore something so world-changing if you write contemporary fiction.

Do you have your characters social distance/wear masks/lockdown or have them make no references to what’s currently going on?

Personally, I don’t want to write about the coronavirus. It’s depressing enough thinking about it without adding to the misery.

It’s contemporary nature could make any story and information very quickly outdated. Maybe we will find a cure next week. Maybe it will mutate into something even worse. Unfortunately, it is impossible to predict the outcome.

I’m not going to make references to it in my fiction because I want to imagine a world without it being the focus of everything.

We will defeat it eventually, but until that happens I’m going to write as though it is no longer a problem.