Batten down the hatches!
Winter is coming (har, har) and around here at least, it's supposed to be a nasty one. I know we haven't even made it to Halloween yet and I'm already talking about snow, but I've been on a Little House On The Prairie kick lately and I'm feeling the need to PREPARE.
Most of my winter preparations thus far have been family related. For example: my freezer is now filled to the brim with jars and jars of homemade chicken soup, because there's nothing worse than having a sick kid (or sick self) and having to brave the inevitable snow/wind/freezing rain to BUY soup.
I also made emergency popsicles out of Throat Soother herbal tea and raw honey (unfortunately I have made them about three times now as we keep eating them) and am in the process of procuring lots of flannel and fleece baby clothes to keep the little goose warm.
But I've been thinking... what am I doing to prepare my writing practice for the winter months? As the seasons change, our routines and habits change, and accepting and working with those changes is way easier than fighting it.
In some ways, writing is easier in the winter -- it's dark, kids go to bed earlier, there's nothing fun going on anyway so you might as well hunker down with your poems. But it's also a big departure from my summer lifestyle, and changes can sometimes throw me off course. So here's my plan.
- Re-evaluate my current system/habits/whatever. When and where I write has become a little bit lax. I'm writing pretty much every day, but not necessarily at the same time. I'm still getting a lot done -- probably due to my poetry mentorship that forces me to submit 10 poems/month -- but I don't feel as disciplined as I once did.
- Make a cozy spot. I would probably want to spend a lot more time at my writing desk if it was set up to lure me to it. Comfy chair, tea pot, maybe an essential oil diffuser. I'm going to work on this.
- Set some new writing goals. I have three months left of this poetry mentorship, but after that, I want to be able to jump right into a new project instead of floundering.
- Develop some connections with other writers. Luckily, I've got the next round of Birds of a Feather coming up in January, so every Sunday is going to be spent all cozied up with other writers, having a blast and drinking hot tea.
How are you preparing your writing practice for winter?