Janny C said:
I can so relate!!! We had been in a terrible cold snap where I found it so hard to write and I did indeed want to hibernate like the bears. I thought my brain has frozen and my creativity had died. So I took my frozen lemons and made lemon ice pops and actually wrote about just that! I wrote a funny article on the freezing cold temps and all the snow and how I think it has frozen my brain. Bonus point is it got published and I got side not from the editors says they like it and thought it was a good one. My motto is when faced with peril....well write about then!What a great story, Janny! Sometimes when you feel stumped because of the cold, it's best to just write anything. Get the pencil scratching or your fingers moving over that keyboard. Pretty soon you just might end up with a piece you feel proud of. So, of course, the moral of this story is that the cure for not writing is to write.
I seem to be much more creative when "forced" to stay inside from the cold. I live on the East Coast as well and I actually dread summer. It seems like it's all I can do to get through a day of sunshine.Thanks, mannequin. On the other side of things, he/she enjoys the forced indoor time. It's true that if you're out sunbathing or whatnot, it's likely you're not doing too much writing. Every season has its challenges, really, but it's great that you're using your forced indoor time to your advantage. I, too, try to make the best of the low light and try holing up in my room with a cup of tea and my notebook.
After the jump: winter, and designing your creative space.
I love to write or paint, but find the desire to do so dwindles this time of year. I find I have to force myself to get started on any creative project and over the years have come to realize that I have to get revitalized. In order to do that, I have to take advantage of every sun-filled day, no matter how cold. To regain my energy level I have to take a brisk walk at the warmest time of the day. Yes, it is cold, but by briskly walking, I warm up my body. I find the cold air and the brisk walking actually stimulates my brain letting me observe the sights, sounds and smells around me. After my twenty minute walk, I'm usually ready to get creative again.Great comment, BusyB. I've also found that physical activity can really make a difference for your energy level. Being active not only warms you up in the cold months; it also seems to get your blood flowing and make you more willing to put words on the page. Try it out, readers!
I also wrote a post about Designing Your Creative Space. In the post, I talked about creating a space that would help you be most productive, but I also speculated that your creative space could also be a mental space or a time of day, that time when you feel ready to produce creative work. Readers had plenty to say about that as well.
that is similar to a question i've been thinking of asking artists- which is, what does "studio" mean for you? i think it might get some interesting answers. and like you say, for some it would be an imagined space.Great question, jmmdesigns. A studio can be so many things. It might just be anywhere that is free from distractions, or it could be a cafe table in the middle of a busy city scene. Whatever place makes you write at your best should be considered your writing space. It could also very well be a purely mental space -- a place you go in your head where you say to yourself, "Now it's writing time."
I've actually always thought that sitting snuggled with my laptop in a sunny bay window would would be just the thing. When I'm working on art pieces, I tend to do better in a classroom setting - a formal chair and worktable, etc.We have similar dreams, tatteredspinner! I, too, think sometimes of a sunny window seat where I could write uninterrupted. But I also think a more formal setting can be more productive. I wrote a post about your ideal space recently, and in it I argue that sometimes a slightly less comfortable place can be your friend.
Oh yes! I even clip pictures from magazines and the ads in the Sunday paper! I have a large folder full!! I sometimes sketch out the rooms too!Great to hear, Jennifer! I suspect a lot of people, not just writers, dream about an ideal place all their own. It might even be a fundamental human wish that pops up all over the world. It might also be more common among women -- through culture and society, we are encouraged to think of our dreams in a domestic sense, with a home at the center of that dream. Both men and women can dream about a "home" for their creative ideas, though.