It’s important to take a break from your writing and look at what’s going on around you. We live in a crazy world, and there’s a lot of cause for concern. But if you’re a writer, especially a writer of speculative fiction like me, the current world situation, and the direction we are heading, is an amazing gift to spark your creativity and push you to write. There’s endless material to inspire your writing. Much of the world is out of control. Technology, politics, the environment, all of it is a blur of change. It’s frightening, but it’s also exhilarating. My suggestion for writers is that they embrace the world without fear and make it part of their writing projects. Readers are hungry for writing that responds to the everyday issues that come up in our news feeds. Whether you do historical fiction or space opera or paranormal thrillers, a little time perusing the news will benefit your writing and your readers.