Writing In A Winter Wonderland

Writing In A Winter Wonderland

For roughly seven months every year, I live in a Winter Wonderland. My hometown of Calgary, Alberta Canada, is known for its desirable location only an hour from the Rocky Mountains. While shoveling, car-scraping, and icy sidewalks are not the best part of winter, I have always found it to be an excellent time, and space in which to get some quality writing done.

#1. Hibernation:
When it’s cold outside, and everything is covered in an icy blanket, it is very comforting to be inside, where it’s warm and cozy. I find that this is the time of year when I can be most productive in my writing. There is no garden, no summer activities; the sun rises late, and sets early, so there is nothing to distract me from getting as much writing done as possible!

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#2. Refreshing:
This may be a somewhat controversial thing to say for those who love the sun, but I love the cold. Anything above 25 degrees is too hot for me to feel productive. There is something seriously refreshing about the cold though. What I really love is when it gets to around -40 degrees (that’s in both Fahrenheit and Celsius – yup, it gets that cold!) When it’s that cold, your hair starts to frost, and exposed skin can freeze in a matter of minutes. I know this all sounds very unpleasant, but there is something invigorating to my writing process about nipping outside, even if it’s just for a few minutes in that type of weather. I find it an amazing way to get out of a writing rut, or to muster up some inspiration!

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#3. Quiet Beauty:
There is something so stunning about winter beauty. It is quiet, and contemplative, serene and comforting. It’s a great time for introspection, and I find this so inspiring to my writing. During winter my most personal, and intimate writing is revealed, and I think it is due in large part to that particular beauty which belongs to winter.

Writing In A Winter Wonderland R.S. Mollison-Read

Writing In A Winter Wonderland R.S. Mollison-Read

Writing In A Winter Wonderland R.S. Mollison-Read

Writing In A Winter Wonderland R.S. Mollison-Read

Writing In A Winter Wonderland R.S. Mollison-Read

 

How does winter impact your writing? Tell me in the comments below!

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