I have noticed that I do more creative writing in the summer than at any other time of the year. By looking at the reasons, maybe I can learn from my motivations and apply them to the winter months to increase my writing.
1. I write more during the summer because I can sit on my deck and enjoy the fresh air, birdsong, and all the flowers in bloom. In other words my senses are fully engaged and involved. How can I re-create this scene to enhance my winter writing? Can I fill my office with fresh flowers, plants, light, and nature-themed music? Can I sit away from the computer to do my writing, such as on the recliner in front of the fireplace? 🙂
2. I write more in the summer because I have more time to write. This is an illusion. I don’t have more time to write. In fact, I may be busier with all the garden and yard work. However, since childhood, when July and August meant no-school, sleeping in, and lots of time to hang out with friends, I have always viewed those two summer months as my cue to relax. I submit more to contests because I see them as an opportunity to write for fun. Apparently, giving myself permission to relax and to let go of my responsibilities releases my creativity. How can I apply this during the winter? In two ways: a) approach my work-writing as outlets to have fun and be creative rather than merely an assignment, and b) schedule time to relax and write for myself occasionally, whether it is a contest or a story I have been wanting to write for a long time.
3. I write more during the summer because I attend more writer’s workshops and conferences. This is true. How can I balance this throughout the year? Though finances and icy roads may keep me home during the winter months, could I sign up for an online workshop or a writer’s course to keep me motivated? Alternatively, could I plan far enough in advance for a winter conference that I save my money ahead of time?
I’m looking forward to trying these ideas during the winter. Meanwhile, I will enjoy the deck, my Adirondack chair, and writing for fun.
If Pam could spend all day in her kitchen baking pies, brownies, and making turkey dinner for friends, she would. But Murray Pura once told her to write first and then bake—advice that she is trying to stick with these days, except, of course, when her grandchildren stop in for milk and cookies.