Snow Talk

It’s mid-March, and they’ve been talking snow. Woke up this morning and they were announcing the Oregon coast is pretty much snowed in. This is a rare event. Not much fell here in the valley, but we’re surrounded by the white stuff if you drive out of town. The hills are covered. So how does this relate to writing?

Snow may be rare where you live, or you may get inundated with the stuff every winter. Either way, it transforms the landscape. Plants and cars become white lumps that could be hiding anything your mind can cook up. The lighting is different as it reflects off the snow, giving a clarity during the day that often isn’t there. At night, it seems to glow, making the world seen more magical. Or dangerous, depending on your perspective. It sparkles as light reflects off the surfaces of lots of tiny ice crystals.

Writing can get to be the same old grind. It can be a challenge to make it new again. When you need to boost it up a bit, think of the snow. How can you change the lighting on your writing to bring clarity? Can you make it sparkle and glint in the light? Maybe you need to hide some everyday things under a big blanket of imaginary snow to make them more mysterious. Partially reveal something instead of going all the way. Don’t be afraid to leave something for discovery later in the story.

Literary snow can change your world, even if it is only for a little while. Use it to change your style, to bring a different look to your story.

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