Friday, January 4, 2013

Storyteller's Journey

A Writer in Winter

After the hubbub of the holidays - when all the lights and decorations have come down - the silence of winter seems to fall upon me like a cold, dark blanket.There is that moment where I wonder: Now what? As a writer, there is a long list of tasks to tackle, but the cold, gloomy days seem to make writing almost as difficult as trudging a mile through the snow.

As I pondered this phenomenon I realized that this is natural. Having a spiritual winter is not only acceptable - it is necessary. The concepts for the three manuscripts that I have written all came to me in winter...when my life was less hectic. I don't think that that was a coincidence. Even in nature we see the creatures and plant life experience a period of dormancy in winter. So, while I'm still facing a revision/rewrite of my work in progress, I'm not going to get down on myself if I'm not fully back in my disciplined writing mode just yet. This is the season when my muse seems to visit me the most...when I am at rest. Maybe she'll see fit to bestow on me a wonderful new story!

Do the changing seasons affect your desire or ability to write?

Here's to a good year of writing in 2013, dear friends!

8 comments:

  1. I'm a fall plotter and winter writer - I always have been. I feel the shorter days of winter give me an excuse to put my nose to the grindstone.

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    1. I'm wondering if the geographic location where we each reside as writers makes a difference - the weather, I mean. In the Pacific Northwest it's really rain, or no rain. ^_^ Thanks, Loree.

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  2. Interesting that you begin your stories at a particular season. Lois Lowry writes one book a year, but I don't know if she begins at a certain time of year. I think Cynthia Lord has a cycle to her writing too.

    I'm thinking back to my (many) unpublished manuscripts, and they've all started at different times. I guess my inspiration comes from something else.

    Happy 2013!

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    1. That's interesting about Lois Lowry, I did not know that about her. I've always been aware that I seem to have spiritual seasons in my life - not just with writing. Thanks, Theresa.

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  3. Hmm, the seasons only affect me in that different seasons bring different responsibilities. Of course I live in Georgia where the only seasons are rainy and hot. I do love winter. I miss times of quiet reflection as I gaze out a window to a snow covered wonderland. I love fall too. I think those times of renewal are great for me to focus on what's important.

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    1. I totally agree with you about "times of renewal." I tend to be a bit of a workaholic and need to not feel guilty when I do renew my spirit. Thanks, Sara.

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  4. I am a winter writer as well. It's always good to start with fresh ideas with the new year. Plus its' dark by 5:00.

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