January 2018: The Winter Writer
Sunday January 7, 2018
I sit at my desk in the waning hours of this cold morning, watching snowflakes dance lazily on a fragile shaft of light. The silence hugs me like an old friend as I relish a cup of hot coffee and absorb the day. A brumous sky promises more snow, but that doesn’t bother me. It’s winter, my most creative time of the year.
Winter brings a seeming standstill to nature and to many of our most cherished activities. But that’s just a smoke screen, of course. Behind the torpid facade of winter dormancy, there’s a lot more going on than you might think. Nature is busy keeping her house in order … and it’s the perfect time for writers to pursue their craft and to do some house cleaning themselves.
These quiet winter months—when we’re stuck indoors—are the perfect time to make solid progress on creative projects. Unlike the spring, summer, and autumn when there are gardens to plants and harvest, vacations to take, festivals to attend, and a dizzying array of activities to enjoy, winter gives us a chance to slow down, ignite our imagination, and hatch our creations. For the life of me, I cannot understand why anyone would schedule NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, the annual internet-based creative writing project) for November with Thanksgiving and Christmas staring us dead in the eye! NaNoWriMo has February written all over it. But that’s just me.
Yet other than spreading our creative wings, winter is also a great time to take care of the business aspect of our craft that we’ve ignored during the sunnier months. As writers, we can plan the business year ahead by making a calendar of what we want to accomplish with publishing and book promotion. We can also work on the million of little details for our books—like editing, writing blurbs, and thinking up great taglines. And when is the last time you updated your author bio? You need several, you know, depending on who asks for it. And have you been neglecting your author platform and social networking? I have! Winter is the perfect time to catch up on these chores and be ahead of the game when you need them pronto in the busier days ahead.
So while the world seems to have slowed in cold dormancy, nothing could be further from the truth for the writer. Our creativity is blossoming all over the place! Winter was made for writers. Write on!
As you can see, I have a new title and logo for the blog to more reflect my author’s page on Facebook. I’ve been absent from blogging for a year due to health issues and a frenzied editing schedule for my forthcoming sequel to Beautiful Monsters. But I’ve missed you, friends, so I’m back in the saddle—at least for an occasional blog post. As always, I love to hear from readers, writers, and all creatives, so leave a comment below, or come say hello on Facebook (my second home), Twitter, or Goodreads.