Saturday, May 09, 2020
The Future of My Stories
You know you are living in a historical moment when it changes the way that you write. Social distancing. Masks. Protests about lockdowns. The economy. Everything else involved in this pandemic has begun to shape the way I see the world now. Eventually, I think it's going to hit my own stories.
This is one of those moments that is impossible to write about but also impossible not to write about. As I write a story that is about a birthday party, in the back of my mind, I am thinking to myself, would that even be possible right now?
I wrote a semi-speculative fiction story that was set about 15 years into the future. Suddenly, due to this pandemic, my version of the future now needs to be changed and altered to consider these latest events.
So, with all this going on in my mind, it's no wonder it's hard to write right now. Our entire world is changing. It's probably going to be a long time before things feel normal again. And the new normal may not look the same.
I don't know about you but when I wake up in the morning, I almost expect this virus to be "old news." Since that hasn't happened yet, and life continues to march on amidst this weird, scary new way of life, every so often I get a creative tug that pulls me back into the world of fiction. I drift back to that party idea and wonder what would change if it was a birthday party in the midst of a quarantine. I wonder about the story set 15 years into the future and think about the characters. I wonder what would they see this past historical event like.
I don't have much advice to give you except to say don't be afraid to let the way things are right now shape your stories. A part of me has been reluctant to but I think sometimes it helps us to embrace what is going on rather than try to write around it.
Nicole Pyles at 1:30 AM