Happy Friday and happy long weekend!
It’s been such an exciting week: beautiful weather, the onset of summer, a surge of optimism about the future, and looking forward to an opportunity to relax!
This is a long holiday weekend, and as a fellow writer, I know that we all need a rest. Now that the Pandemic fear is receding, we all need to own that we’ve all had a traumatic experience, no matter how comfortable we were able to be. As writers, we need to rest and commune with ourselves before taking on the sacred job of helping others make sense of 2020.
One way to work through personal trauma is to express it through a different creative medium than the usual style of writing you usually work in. For example, if you write for Film and/or TV, you might write a poem or a song about your experience, or draw or paint something. If you were a visual artist, writing or dancing might offer a profound release of all of the personal and collective fear we’ve been carrying.
In my case, my partner and I created a series of animated jokes about Covid for Jokeonastick. I attach it here and hope you’ll have a laugh. Laughing is the best medicine for any problem!
And speaking of Jokeonastick: we now have 304 clips, and a new easier to use format where you can watch all four clips with one click. Please take a look. Here’s this week’s new and improved episode:
The point is that we’ve all been through a lot, and we writers could use this time to clear our heads, release PTSD, and on Tuesday get back to the business of shaping how the world thinks.
As a final note, I help people build successful pitches, and saw this very helpful article on what NOT to do when you’re selling.
Enjoy the weekend.
Here’s to your successful writing,
Professor Marilyn Horowitz