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