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Writer's Winter, Or: When Productivity Goes Into Hibernation Mode

Did you know this year's winter only started a little over three weeks ago, on December 22nd? That means we have approximately nine more weeks of winter to go. That's nine whole weeks of colder weather, bare trees, and (possibly) lots of snow. Whoa, dude. Can we get a self-heating coat over here?

Lots of people love winter. When the snow is swirling and the hot chocolate steaming, I can totally see why! Most of the time, though, I'm one of those people wrapped up in multiple bed covers, wishing she didn't have to go outside to get to [insert destination that is not in the house].

I want to enjoy winter more. But often, looking outside, all I see are those poor bare trees - and I wish they could be green and lush instead. I see clouds in the sky, and I wish they could fade away to reveal a blazing summer sun.

Actually, the natural "stasis" of winter reminds me of the bouts of unproductivity we all go through sometimes as writers. When the words aren't flowing, or the revisions aren't sprouting, or the ideas aren't coming to life, its like we're experiencing a creative wintertime. And just like regular winter (at least in the US Northeast), this winter feels like it'll never end.

The important thing to remember is that it will. And even more important than that is to remember that winter has a purpose. In nature, it'd be impossible for trees to go from autumn to spring without a break in between. Trees don't die from December to March; they just take time to rest and conserve their energy during a time of less sunlight. It's during winter that the majorly awesome rebirth of spring is made possible.

So next time your productivity goes to hibernate, or if it's off in its cave right now, try not to worry too much. You will find a way to recapture it from the frozen hands of Old Man Winter - it's just a matter of time. And the best part is, in the process of ending your Writer's Winter, you'll kick off a whole new season: Writer's Spring. Gorgeous Flowers of Awesomeness, get ready to bloom from the pages of your novel!

You know what? Maybe winter, the season, isn't so bad after all. I think there's some hot chocolate mix in the kitchen...
Emilia Plater

Emilia is a YA author who avoids studying, food that isn't covered in cheese, and waking up before 10:30AM whenever possible. A bundle of confusions.

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3 comments:

  1. I really liked this post. I love winter (Florida) so everything is still green and its only cold sporadically but it's not 100 degrees and that is great. Although yes I find myself being way less productive even though I enjoy the winter. Let us hope Spring brings lots of good things.

    Yes hot coco with little marshmallows are awesome!

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  2. I happen to live in a part of Texas where the sun burns everything to a crisp brown in the Summer and the grass only gets a chance during our snow-less Winter.

    I hadn't though about letting my muse have her hibernation. When she goes to sleep I tend to grab a stick and poke her. We hear the "write every day" mantra so often. I'm still not sure if lack of inspiration is part of a cycle or if it's just me being lazy. :P

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  3. Winter = Cozy Coffee shops. And how can you NOT write when you are tucked away in a cozy coffee shop? Happy cafinated writing everyone!

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