The truth is, as much as has been done by governments and leaders to save lives, much more could’ve been done and sooner – and wasn’t, or was done too late. Whether there will ever be any kind of reckoning for the irresponsible and cavalier way our lives were risked, endangered or bargained away, is unclear to me at this time. I hope so.

Not that it will undo any of the grievous losses many have endured, assuage the anguish of those who mourn, or soothe the trauma of those affected for life – or ease the untold economic struggles that await all of us post this disaster’s end – but it would be most satisfying to witness.

Grief & Loss: A Writer’s Conduit To Creating Authentic Characters

Most of us have already tasted the bitter sting of death at one time or another – the loss of a loved one, or the ending of a powerful relationship, the pain of separation, the guilt of things that passed between us, the things that were said or done that should’ve been – or the regret for things said or done that we can never take back.

I am of course, no exception.

Depending on how close to us that person was, it can often take years – a lifetime even – to fight through that storm of tears into a clearing of relative calm, or even beyond that, to a woodland of peace, acceptance and moving on. But we never forget.

As a writer, it’s never as easy as some think it is to write about emotions, especially emotions being experienced by our characters – without drawing on our own experiences and of course, our own pain… of loss, sorrow, regret, guilt and longing. More

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