Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Make The Most of It!

Lots of lovely snow out there and lots of lovely photo opportunities! So if you can't get to work or you're stuck in a snowdrift, or stuck in your car trying to get to work, don't get mad or panic. Take a few deep breaths and get your notebook and camera out. You do have your notebook and camera with you don't you? Tut, tut, tut if you don't. ;0)

If you're lucky enough to be at home in the warm and dry and are all cosy with a cup of hot chocolate and a crumpet or two then use that and look out of your window at the view, people passing by, anything you notice at all. It doesn't matter how silly or insignificant it might seem at the moment. We are writers - we notice everything (it's also a good excuse to be nosy and lazy and just stare out of your window in the name of research!)

Write down everything you can see, what you're thinking, every sensation too and take lots of photos. You might get an article or two out of it for next winter, or you might get enough data to inspire you later on to write a short story or poem.

It's a great opportunity to hone your observational skills and sharpen your senses - particularly if you stand out in the snow and get cold! Be a child for the day and make snow angels or build a snow man, have a snow ball fight! It's what I'm going to do later (pity my husbands at work or I'd have thrashed him at a snow ball fight!) We once entertained the neighbour's children one year when we had an impromptu snow ball fight on the drive. I pelted my husband until he was cowering and backing away! We didn't realise the kids next door were watching through the window until they started cheering!

Time to find your inner child again and then write about it?

Julie xx