It's February. Also known as the "dead of winter."
The air is cold, the sun hides behind clouds, and the thought of being creative seems as far out of your mind as summer.
We're here to help when finding inspiration in winter is hard.
1.) Listen to The Greats
Many great writers have successfully captured the beauty of winter. Soak in their words (and wisdom) to inspire your writing.
“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” - Lewis Carroll
“October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.” - J.K. Rowling
“Melancholy were the sounds on a winter's night.” - Virginia Woolf
Here's the thing, artists don't always love winter, but its qualities truly inspire their work doesn't it?
2.) Look At Winter's Beauty!
Whether you're a photographer, painter, or writer, winter changes the landscape and the people around you.
Don't believe us? Take a look:
3.) Start a New Journal, Specifically For Winter
Write down the things you notice about winter. The things that irk you. The things that give you chills despite a down coat. The foods you crave (and then eat). The way it feels to slip on ice. The humbling power of holiday lights.
Sketch frosted windows and footprints in the snow. Jot down any images you wish you could capture.
Glue everything in the journal. A piece of your Christmas tree. A picture you took of a frozen leaf. A story you read in the newspaper about something winter-related.
When it's summer, your art seems dull, pull out your winter journal. Use it to spice up your writing, inspire your photography, and influence your artwork.
Now that you've been inspired, get to creating some amazing art! If you love it, submit it to the 1st From Whispers To Roars publication here.