Why snow days are the best days (for writing)

Amanda LabonteAs a writer, I think there is something magical about a day when you can stay inside and block out the real world – both figuratively and literally if the snow is halfway up your front door.

Before going further, I do have to confess that I am a winter grinch. When the first hint of frost hits the air, I heartily join in the chorus of ‘not yet’. I refuse to pull out my heavy coat and boots until the snow sticks to the ground. I curse when I am already running ten minutes late and I go outside to find the car needs to be scraped. Again.

But then a day comes when everything closes. When the police ask all cars to stay off the roads. When the convenience stores run out of chips. And, if you are a writer like me and not one of those brave souls who has to work in an ER or 24-hour gas station, those days can be creative perfection.

As a mom, I rarely get a day that opens before me with the writing potential of a real snow day (not to be confused with those fake snow days where everything reopens at lunch time). Between school pick-ups, music lessons, dance lessons, sports activities and visits to the dentist, I generally have to schedule my writing time to fit between the gaps. I also have a day job, though I don’t have to work as much as I used to, which is why I have the gaps for writing to begin with.

I know I am really lucky to fit writing in as part of my daily routine, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the appeal of having a whole day before me with no interruptions, aside from making more tea and having another snack. Both of which I will do once I’ve finished this blog.

So if you find yourself forced inside while thirty centimeters falls outside, I wish you every creative success. And a friend with a snowblower who can help you out in the morning.


Join Amanda Labonté, Ellen Curtis, Matthew LeDrew, and Erin Vance as they discuss writing, the process of getting published, and being small press in Newfoundland as a part of the Arts & Culture Center’s “LOLA: love Our Loal Authors” month! 🙂 Come and get answers to your questions, meet the authors of some of the province’s most thrilling genre fiction, gets books signed and learn the different avenues to success with writing! Admittance is free, although Arts & Culture encourages calling ahead to reserve seats at: 709-737-3950. The event will be 6pm-8pm on Feb 22 2017 at the Arts and Culture Center, 95 Allandale Rd, St. John’s, NL A1B 3A3. To join the Facebook event and get more information, click here.

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