Covid-19 has really interrupted the way things are normally done. No one could ever have possibly imagined a world characterized by various measures to curb the spread of this disease. The uniqueness of this disease is how it has affected all the corners of the globe. The idea that economic growth would almost be put into a sudden halt by a virus seemed far-fetched prior to March 2020 when WHO declared this disease a global pandemic. Perhaps you are wondering exactly how academic writing after Covid-19 will be like. Will the “old normal return” or are we in for a “new normal”? To answer these questions, we ought first to look how writing has been during this difficult time of Covid-19.
Covid-19 led to temporary suspension of learning
One of the measures that the governments across the globe put in place to curb the spread of this disease, is restriction of movements. With the implementation of such measures, free movement of people across the world and even within their localities was no longer possible. Additionally, the governments recommended observing social distancing to prevent the spread of this virus. This in turn meant that learning had to be suspended. Academic institutions were encouraged to innovate new ways of teaching while observing all the set guidelines of curbing this disease. It is no wonder that e-learning has become quite popular during this time of the pandemic. Restriction of movement also affected scholarly academic writing during Covid-19. This is in the sense that the freedom of movement while conducting research that researcher hitherto enjoyed was curtailed. Researchers have to now rely on new techniques of collecting data virtually.
Effect of closure of academic institutions on scholars
Well, with the closing of academic institutions, academic writers found themselves with ample time to do different types of writing. While this is true, Covid-19 introduced the concept of social isolation to avoid its spread. While such isolation is effective in curbing the spread of covid-19, it increased cases of mental illnesses. Actually, it served as a wake-up call to many governments that mental health had been ignored for quite a long time. This is despite the fact that mental disorders and illnesses are quite prevalent. The stress caused by social isolation and the fear of covid-19 induced writer’s block in many academic writers. This means that regardless of having ample time to spare, academic writing during the period of covid-19 has not been really productive.
What does reopening of institutions of leaning mean to academic writers?
After months of closure, the end of year 2020 saw many institutions across the globe being reopened. This is after putting all the necessary measures to prevent learners and workers in these institutions from contracting this deadly virus. As a matter of fact, majority of learning institutions preferred a hybrid system whereby face-to-face learning is complimented with online learning. This is done to minimize physical contact in academic institutions. This again means that things are slowly but surely going back to normal. But make no mistake; the pandemic is far from being over! Nonetheless, post covid-19 academic writing seems a bit promising.
Covid-19 vaccines and academic writing
Any hope to return to the “old normal” has been hinged on covid-19 vaccines. Such vaccines promise a sure victory over this pandemic. The vaccine rush that most countries and pharmaceutical companies embarked on after this disease was declared a pandemic seems to have paid off. Indeed there is a silver lining on every dark cloud. The end of this pandemic now appears to be in sight. It now appears that academic writing after Covid-19 will be characterized by traveling to different areas. Scholarly usually travel to such areas so that they can collect relevant data for their research. This nonetheless does not mean that all the new techniques of collecting data during covid-19 will be abandoned. All signs point to the fact that the manner in which data are collected in post-covid-19 era is likely to be revolutionized.
With the disruption of economic activities by covid-19, it appears that most scholars will be interested in finding out new ad effective ways of reviving the economy. It appears that a great deal of research centering on this pandemic is likely to be produced once it’s over. Researchers will most likely want to quantify the exact damage that this pandemic has caused. This is because this, knowledge is important in rebuilding economies. Moreover, scholars will similarly be interested in knowing the success and the failures of the governments’ measures to deal with this highly infectious disease. Covid-19 relevant research papers are therefore more likely to be produced at a higher rate after this pandemic has been put under control.
Return of writing retreats after covid-19
Writing retreats are quite popular among scholars. This type of retreats offers writers with a chance to concentrate on nothing else but writing. It is some form of community writing whereby writers come together and individually or collectively to write different types of academic papers. Covid-19 pandemic adversely affected such retreats. Although organizers have been struggling to organize virtual writing retreats, it is never the same as the old one. The return of this type of retreats is something that most writers are really looking forward to. Academic writing after Covid-19 is therefore more likely to be in the form of communal writing. The advantage of being a member of writing community is that one is able to effectively deal with the dreaded writer’s block.
From the above, it can be deduced that academic writing is likely to thrive even further once covid-19 pandemic has been put under control. It is nonetheless worth to note that this writing may change significantly from the manner in which it was done before this pandemic. This is because most academic writers would like to continue using the innovative techniques that they have been using this pandemic. The quality of work of scholarly writers may therefore improve substantially after this globe pandemic.