All of the angst flying around lately has been stressful, to say the least, but it's also been useful for me. You see, I'm working on a big series where America essentially falls apart due to inept and corrupt government practices, a massive pandemic, and terrorism.
Needless to say, I'm gathering information like crazy during these crazy times. How fragile is our republic? How many laws can an elected official break before he's called to account? But more importantly, I'm seeing how people are reacting. Who will step up in a crisis? What kinds of organizations are formed? What kinds of actions do people take?
I've already gone back to the previous 6 books in the series and layered in corruption, impeachment, and assassination. Now I'm looking at what remains of the government, which isn't much. And I'm thinking about how to reshape it given the new world America finds itself in--where we're no longer a super-power, where there are vast, burned-out cities, and where communication is iffy at best.
I've re-read the Constitution and Bill of Rights and a few other "old" documents, trying to glean what the founders had in mind. Then I'm taking those ideas and trying to craft a new world government. It's going to take me 3 books to get to the start of it, but I have plans for more books set in the future where I can see the results of my experiment.
Like I said: take that turmoil and use it, somehow. All the emotions and the distrust and the anger can be great fuel if we use it somehow positively.