Seven Things a Writer Must Do to Prepare for Winter Writing
By Susan Reichert, Editor-in-Chief, Southern
will soon be here…its right around the corner. Before it gets here, you will
want to make sure you have all the things you need to write this winter. So get
a pen and paper and let’s make a list. After all, even writers have
chores. We have to make sure we get everything done.
sure the outside and inside of your windows are clean. Why? When winter comes
and you are sitting in front of your computer writing that best seller you will
have occasion to stop typing and look out the windows. You will be in a
thinking process working out dialogue or a scene and being able to see clearly
out the window helps the thinking process. (No Joke!)
smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure you put new batteries in all of
them. What writer wants to be pounding away on a scene and all of a
sudden smell smoke? If you’re like me, when you’re in a writing mode you’re
practically oblivious to anything going on around you.
the winter when you are working on your book you don’t realize how dry your
skin is becoming with the heat on; when the air gets dry it can cause sinus
problems too. So get a humidifier. If you have one, make sure you clean it out.
the air does get dry with the heater on make sure you keep plenty of water
handy and drink it throughout your writing. Don’t get dehydrated.
around your windows in your office for leaks. If there is one, caulk it to
prevent cold air from coming in and heat from escaping. You don’t
want to be sitting there typing away and get chilled or worse, come down with a
up your space around your writing desk. Clutter isn’t good for a writer.
sure you have plenty of typing paper, ink, pens, pencils, food for munching and
plenty of coffee, tea, water, sodas (if you drink them).When winter comes in
with a vengeance and there is ice and/or three feet of snow on the ground
getting out to get these things isn’t cool.
there you have my list of must do’s for writers before winter comes to visit.
about you, do you have some suggestions we writers could use?