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...