As authors and chronic observers we’re always looking down the road, curious about the next chapters of the human story.
We’re all in the midst of an enormous shift – one that hits everything from survival instincts to how we live, work, and interact with each other, to finding our way in a new economy. For many, this time in isolation has created valuable time for self reflection, reevaluation of goals, and all sorts of other things usually left for New Year’s.
This is like New Year’s to the nth degree.
For those of us paying attention, the current and future shifts are all around us.
As a result I’ve coined a new phrase: post pandemic paradigm shift.
I first came up with it in reference to several client book projects. Working with my authors in the past weeks, I began seeing a new layer of their book ideas – one that asks questions like: “When we emerge from this event and come out on the other side, how will this book idea be even more relevant? Are there additional angles to my subject matter that didn’t exist before this?”
Avoiding project specifics because of confidentiality, I will share that some of the answers to those questions are fascinating and inspiring! I predict that some of the books that come out of this time, and not only from my clients, will be earth shakers. As a book coach/ghostwriter, I’m in creative quarantine bliss!
Expanding on this notion, I can’t help but see the connection between the current shift, and writing books that make an impact. This might be wishful thinking, but I can see clearly how “post-Corona,” things like authenticity, quality, and substance might rise to the top.
Perhaps our current, prolonged state of quiet will inoculate us against the noise that once distracted us.
We’ll realize the power of our voices, our stories, and our ideas, especially when we push away the noise. Noise like – “I don’t have time,” “Nobody wants to hear what I have to say,” “It’s not worth it,” or “I’m waiting for the right time.” Readers will seek and authors will create books that truly matter in the scheme of things. We’ll slow down and do it right, not do it for the sake of doing it.
Opportunities for Authors
So what about you? Are you sensing the shift happening? So many things in our lives, work, and perspectives are bound to change on the other side of this world changing event.
These are the opportunities, quite honestly, that authors dream about. Folks like Shakespeare, Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald might even be a tad jealous of us all now. Sure, they had their own quarantines, but we now live in a much more populated world with a quick pace of technological advancements, and paradigm shifts that might have stretched even their legendary imaginations.
What are you observing? What are you documenting? About the world but also about your thoughts, your ideas, your perceptions? What post pandemic paradigm shift are you predicting? What kind of shift are you creating through your work?