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.