Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Cabin Fever Writing Month
By the time February comes 'round, writers in my neck of the woods get cranky. Stir crazy. Apt to toss computers out the window and into the snow.
It's Cabin Fever time. But this year a bunch of us have a remedy: Cabin Fever Writing Month. At the back table in the library. Bring your own coffee; chocolate will be provided. Along with heat, books, and a feeling of neighborliness without the demands of making conversation.
You see, we plan to write. Because every one of us took a look at the calendar when NaNoWriMo came along and rolled our eyes.
"A guy must have come up with November," we agreed. After all, there were turkeys to catch, pies to bake, community harvest dinners, family dinners, getting a head start on overseas holiday cards...
"Let's do it next year," we said. Nothing ever happens in February. Sure, there are holidays - Groundhog Day, Lunar New Year, President's Day, Valentine's Day - but nothing requiring pies. Or turkeys. So this month we're pulling out those outlines for novels, our scribbled thoughts for a short story, and picture book manuscripts that got shoved aside during the holidays. We're tucking folders and laptops and thermoses full of hot cocoa or coffee into our book bags and heading to the library. On Wednesdays. To write. With our friends.
Who knows? Maybe we'll actually finish that draft, or turn a few StoryStorm ideas into completed stories.
Because this time next month the sky will be brighter, the days longer, and the world will smell like spring. So this is it, my friends. Sharpen your pencils and get those words onto the page before the ice melts and the sap starts runnin'.