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It’s been a rough month. It’s damn hard to find a creative voice when it feels like the world is burning down around your head and there’s nothing you can do. I look at my word count over the past couple of weeks, and with the exception of this past one (because I took a number of steps to make things better)…it’s been slow going.
I don’t know how other people manage stress and anxiety, but here’s what I’ve done.
- Realize I’m not alone. I’m not the only one who wants to live in a diverse, multi-cultural country where liberty and civil rights apply to all.
- Figure out what I can do to help. Not every action is for everyone. Some people are great with making phone calls. Others are better getting out and being seen in person. Still others have the ability to give money or time to causes, local or national. It’s all useful. Even being heard online.
- Unplug from the madness from time to time. The problem with a 24 hour news cycle is that it’s 24 hours. I found if I did my usual thing of checking Twitter and Facebook before bed, I spent the night angry and distraught. So, I stop looking at 8pm. I write. I read. I cross stitch. Because the news will still be there in the morning, and if I’m well-rested I can actually function and am able to do the stuff I need to do to make the world better.
- Connect with community. I’ve become more involved with my friends and writing groups. I’ve started a monthly LGBTQIA+ romance twitter chat as part of the Rainbow Romance Writers chapter of the RWA. Because I think it’s important that there are communities for us.
- I’ve kept writing. Romance is subversive. Queer romance is even more subversive. My WIP is a poly romance. I can fight through fiction, as I’ve always done.
- Been myself, proudly. I’m lucky I work for a company that is diverse and supports diversity, including LGBTQIA+ people. I dress dapper. I wear my vests and ties. I am present, as a reminder that I live here too. I know everyone can’t be out, but since I can I’m gonna be more
- Taken walks. Because, even in the middle of winter, the world is still beautiful and it’s still there, and walking around my neighborhood and city reminds me that I love it here.
There’s hope out there. We need to do our best to find it so that we can find the strength to change the world for the better.
I believe in you. I am here for you.
About Anna ZaboAnna Zabo writes contemporary and paranormal romance for all colors of the rainbow. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which isn’t nearly as boring as most people think. You can find her online at http://www.annazabo.com/ or more often on Twitter as @amergina.
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