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Bristol Women Writing History: A Coronavirus Journaling Project: How to start

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Writer’s block? Here are some tips for journaling the pandemic:


Include your personal reactions to the following types of situations:

  • Working from home
  • Changes to your routine tasks, such as grocery shopping
  • The news media reports
  • Your own illness or that of a family member

Include what you have been doing to pass the time at home and with restrictions :

  • What did you do to stay in good spirits while in  partial quarantine?
  • What is your favorite music, movie or television program to stream during this time?
  • How did you interact with others without putting them or yourself at risk?
  • If you have chosen to ignore the guidelines, what is that like?

Include thoughts about other specific situations during the pandemic:

  • What have you struggled with during the state regulations  due to COVID?
  • If you are a medical care worker, what is it like?
  • If you own or manage a business, how did the restrictions  impact you?
  • If you had to continue working on-site at your job, what changes did you have to make to your workday?
  • If you became unemployed, how are you dealing with it?
  • How was the pandemic presented to your children?
  • How did your children react to being remote or partially in school?

Gaining Perspective: What are you learning about yourself as a result of the coronavirus-related shifts in your life? How have you come to learn these things? What are you learning about other people (both close others and not-so-close others) as a result of our present situation? How have you come to learn these things? What are you learning about institutions (colleges & universities, the government, etc.) related to these shifts? How have you come to learn these things? What are you learning about your home, local, and global communities? How have you come to learn these things? How may you integrate this new learning and related perspectives gained into your life moving forward?