This One Question Will Make Your Writing Life Easier

When you cannot focus because of the pandemic or life in general

Rose Ernst
3 min readApr 7, 2020


“We can’t control our circumstances. But we can control our thoughts. We
can control our feelings, our actions, and our results, and what we decide
to do with all of them.” — Brooke Castillo

Even in the best of times, writing can be a rollercoaster of joy, guilt, and anxiety.

When the world comes crashing down around you, it’s hard to focus.

So how do you keep writing?

Focus on what you can control.

Easier said than done, right? I agree. However, one key to writing momentum that applies regardless of a global pandemic is to move forward, even when you cannot focus, are tired, or just cranky. It also helps you to reestablish a sense of normalcy when everything around you may be chaotic.

For those of you who are shaking their heads, thinking you should just rest, I agree with you! As Alex Soojung-Kim Pang says in his excellent book, Rest: