Self Isolating? Time to get Talking AND Writing

Much has been said about how our response to coronavirus may affect the economy; but what of its lasting impact on our personal productivity?

This mass retreat may mean a mass reflection on what matters and how we should spend our time. It also opens up an opportunity to pursue creative projects that we may not have had time for otherwise.

Self-isolation can open up time for us to truly appreciate the little things – and allow us to draw inspiration from simple interactions and moments shared. Reflection and self-contemplation will be inevitable during this period, but these are also fantastic opportunities for creativity to thrive.

As many of us are now stuck at home, this time poses an opportunity to dial back and tune into one of the most cathartic creative outlets – writing.

Prior to our current global health crisis, we saw a dramatic shift within the publishing industry, and the struggle of traditional publishers has given rise to the arena of self-publishing. There are a variety of ways for aspiring authors to self-publish their books, but one company in particular is making things easier than ever before. StoryTerrace, connects everyday people to professional ghost-writers, to help everyone write their life stories, biographies or memoirs. However, StoryTerrace is also helping their customers to self-publish – many of their customers’ books are now available on Amazon and a variety of other platforms. 

Households and businesses alike are making changes to how they operate right now – switching to digital communication to minimise physical interaction. StoryTerrace is among many businesses offering their clients video and phone interactions wherever necessary or requested, which is great! As part of this service, they will provide support in setting up video calls and provide tips on how to create the right environment to make the interaction feel as personal as possible. Although these virtual interactions becoming more commonplace, StoryTerrace has long been offering this service to clients living in remote areas of the world – successfully creating beautiful, deeply personal books remotely.

Rutger Bruining, CEO and Founder of StoryTerrace, comments on the importance of sharing experiences and memories during self-isolation, the advantages of documenting life stories for future generations and how self-publishing is an excellent opportunity for creative fulfilment:

“As millions of people across the globe self-isolate, this time presents a very unique opportunity for us to dedicate time to ourselves and practice some self-care. With the health crisis at hand, many of us are concerned for states of mind, but sharing stories and writing can be one of the most therapeutic ways for us to connect in this difficult time. Increasingly popular self-publishing platforms offer endless opportunities to tell your unfiltered story in your own words.

Self-publishing gives budding authors a new avenue to success, by removing the barriers and dramatically improving the efficiency of the publishing process. Software and AI, such as the technology developed by StoryTerrace, helps writers and editors to communicate seamlessly and collaborate far more efficiently, whilst also providing unparalleled access to consumer data and feedback. 

We’ve been fortunate enough to help hundreds of our readers self-publish their memoirs or biographies with much success at StoryTerrace, and we are excited to see how this industry develops – both in and outside of self-isolation. I encourage anyone who has been thinking about writing a book or documenting their life story, or that of a loved one, to take advantage of this time, check out NaNoWriMo and put pen to paper (or rather fingers to keys). In today’s world of self-publishing, there is a very real opportunity for anyone to become a published writer.”

Anabel Cooper

Anabel is a graduate of King’s College London and upon graduating, she set out on a journey to inspire and empower women through her words. Besides working as a digital marketing expert, Anabel is a freelance copywriter.