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Snowed in for the day? For writers, a blizzard can be a bonus! While staring out the window and watching the snow fall, we here at Writer’s Relief wonder what advice a snowstorm would give to writers. So grab a blanket, a cup of hot cocoa, and your laptop or your favorite pen (until it’s time to go outside and shovel!). Here are our best snowstorm-inspired tips for writers:
Enjoy the quiet. You have the day off from work, and you won’t be running any errands in this weather! No distractions! The silence and solitude of a snowy day allows you to relax and focus all your attention on your writing. And it’s the perfect time to contemplate these 17 writing lessons from Mother Nature.
It’s also a great time to catch up on your reading. You’ll be building your writing career as well (because as everyone knows, reading is absolutely essential to writing).
Cover everything. Do all the research you’ve been putting off. Gather background information for your latest setting, character, or plot twist. Or spend the day tracking down the best potential publishing markets for your work. There are literally thousands of places to send your work, and you’ll have an entire day to devote to searching and narrowing down the possibilities.
If hours of researching publishing leads isn’t how you want to spend your snow day, remember Writer’s Relief has been successfully researching and targeting literary markets for our clients since 1994—and we love what we do! We know all the publishing industry insider hacks to find you the best opportunities to get your work published.
Be unique. Just as every snowflake is its own unique creation, let your one-of-a-kind voice shine through in your work. Don’t try to copy someone else’s writing, and don’t write for the markets hoping that will get you published. Trying to jump on the latest trend will only strike a false note with your reader. If you’re not true to yourself, it will show in the quality of your writing.
Stay frosty. Once you send out your submissions—stay calm. Don’t check your inbox every five minutes: editors and agents can take months to reply! Instead, move on to your next writing project.
And if you receive rejection letters, keep cool. Getting rejection letters is a sign that you’re actually on the right track!
Break the ice. Try something new! Find inspiration in visual writing prompts. Or, if you typically write short stories, try writing some poetry. And remember, freewriting can help unfreeze writer’s “ice” block.
If you’ve written a book, consider creating some excerpts that you can submit to literary journals as short stories. Getting your excerpt published in a literary magazine is a great way to “break the ice” with a literary agent in your query letter, since it shows that your writing has merit and that there’s interest in your story.
Question: What do you do when you have a snow day at home?