It has been a really long time since I posted here. So much has happened in the last twelve or so months (both good and bad) and it has often been hard to find the words.
We will all be forever changed by Covid, but I still hang onto that hope that I felt in the early days of the pandemic – that with fewer cars on the road, and the reduction in other environmentally damaging activities, our world would get a chance to breathe.
Hope is what keeps us going as writers – it’s what keeps our characters moving forward against all odds.
Covid has been devastating to the arts, but it has given writers like me time out to create, and I have been buoyed by the kindness and generosity of the amazing writing community – the support of amazing readers, writers, podcasters and reviewers who have worked to get our books onto bookshelves around the country and the world.
Human kindness and the care that people have given each other during this difficult time has helped me feel optimistic about our world, even when there is still so much that needs to be fixed – that we need to do to save our environment – to protect the rights of the world’s most vulnerable people.
Our words make a difference – our words of empathy and kindness – our words of wisdom, knowledge and experience – our words that show we care – our words that alert people to what’s going on in the world around them.
So even if you’ve received rejections recently or you’re struggling with writer’s block or submission nerves right now, know that your words matter – that what you write could change someone’s life one day.
Stay safe and keep writing.