Seize the day

carpe diemThe Coronavirus or Covid-19 has changed the rules of the game for virtually all of us. I hope you and your family are staying safe and that there is a return to normalcy for all of us in the near future.

Until then, we have a lot of disruption to deal with. Perhaps sheltering in place at home, teaching online classes, family concerns, and much more. In the realm of writing, however, perhaps this is an opportunity instead of a concern.

Carpe diem or seize the day is a time-honored expression that certainly applies. If you are stuck at home or must spend way more time than normal there, why not use the time to jumpstart that stalled writing project? If you have been making progress in your writing, how about turbocharging it and getting it done?

There are plenty of reasons not to write: lack of access to writing partners or research material, difficult home schedules, childcare or helping with homework, worry, or watching Tiger King on Netflix.

But there will always be an excuse not to write. For most of us, I guarantee that there will never be a more opportune time than right now to put a major dent in your writing.

As the Nobel Prize for Literature winner Saul Bellow said in his book called, Seize the Day, “You don’t know what you’ve got within you.”

Do not make excuses. Now is the time to get it done. Your future self will be thankful you developed this resolve. Get to it. Seize the Day!


John BondJohn Bond is a publishing consultant at Riverwinds Consulting. He works with individuals on publishing and writing projects. Schedule an initial complimentary phone call at Publishing Fundamentals. In his career, he has directed the publishing of over 500 book titles and 20,000 journal articles. He is the host of the YouTube channel “Publishing Defined.”Contact him at jbond@riverwindsconsulting.com.