Friday, 10 December 2010

What to Write About?

It seems that it's not just the weather that's gone into a deep freeze over the past few weeks. It feels like the publishing world is in suspended animation or has been stuffed in the freezer for the remainder of the winter months. Now I like the snow, but I hate the ice and freezing temperatures. I hate the way the whole country seems to grind to a halt because my writing brain seems to freeze up due to lack of grit too. And several of the publications I've pitched to recently have come back with the reply that they've got enough material for now and are not taking ideas until the New Year.

So what is a writer to do when their ideas have iced over and editors have closed the doors against the cold, harsh winter winds? Well, a writer could go into hibernation themselves and just give up until the warmth of the spring sun awakes them from their slumber and miss out on any writing opportunities that might have come their way while they were sleeping. They could continue to batter their head against the door that isn't going to open and just give themselves a headache as well as irritating the poor editor  -  no means no. Or they could spend the rest of December writing down all the ideas that come to them and working on wording the perfect pitch, ready to send out there when the editors open their doors again. I would suggest the latter option is the best to go for. You have to be prepared for the New Year so you have something to pitch, so thinking about it now will save you a lot of hassle.

Happy writing

Julie xx

4 comments:

  1. Actually, I quite like December for writing. The world seems to shut down - offices close before Christmas, not to open until the New Year, so there's no point in sending out pitches or articles or any submissions, because you're not going to gain anything by doing so - no one is there to read them. So, I spend the time between Christmas and New Year doing the writing that I want to do - assuming I've met all of my other deadlines!

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  2. Or whilst you're in the festive mood why not work on a Christmas feature/story for next year? It's much easier to write about Christmas when the tree is up and there's a glass of mulled wine to hand rather than attempting it in the summer when holidays are the only thing on your mind.

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  3. It's a time for catching up on your writing I'd say, Simon. There are no deadline pressures and you can get a fair bit of writing done over the Xmas period. It just feels as though editors have battened down the hatches, never to be opened again!

    Julie xx

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  4. That's true, Sally. I think it's valuable for writers to live in the moment and try and capture the essence of a season while they are experiencing it. It makes the finished piece more alive and accurate, I think.

    Now were's that mulled wine .....

    Julie xx

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