In Easter 1916, William Butler Yeats – though he was talking about something rather different – used the phrase “changed, changed utterly.”

I’m not sure how utterly I’m thinking, but what about “changed,” to whatever degree?

On a spectrum that includes (in no particular order and with no claim to be the slightest bit exhaustive):

  • The Korean War
  • The Viet Nam War
  • The Cuban Missile Crisis
  • The Cold War in General
  • The Berlin Wall
  • The Fall of The Berlin Wall
  • Jim Jones, Waco, Ruby Ridge, and everything else in that category
  • 9/11
  • 2008
  • Everything else that “will change everything”

(I intentionally omitted WWII and WWI and lots of other wars than none of us actually endured personally).

How does COVID19/2020 change everything for you?

Most importantly (for our purposes here) how do you expect this experience to change your writing?

  • subject matter?
  • process?
  • style?

What are the changes, in which aspects of your life, that you expect to be hauling with you (or dragging behind you, or struggling to be rid of) at the other end of this wretched tunnel?

You’re a writer.

Write, already.