And the end of last year I began a charity project, inspired by the humanitarian crisis surrounding the war in Ukraine. It came about from trying to work out what I could possibly do to help, given that I had no relevant skills to providing aid in a crisis zone.
My solution was to stick to what I knew, which was writing. I wrote a fantasy novel, entitled NPC, dipping into the LitRPG subgenre and using some ideas I had been nursing for a while about a story with an emotional core as well as fantasy trappings.
The resulting novel can be found at https://www.drivethrufiction.com/product/414563/NPC?affiliate_id=65386 for Pay What You Want. All the proceeds go to Medicins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders), who are not only working in Ukraine but in crisis-hit areas all over the world. I am hoping I can do more projects like this in the future, finding out what writing can do for me beyond what I have done previously.