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Creativity coach, writing and creative process instructor, speaker, author of Around the Writer's Block: Using Brain Science to Write the Way You Want (Penguin/Tarcher 2012) and Dancing in the Dragon's Den (Red Wheel Weiser), Teaching Artist at the Loft Literary Center.

Bright Solstice!

Let’s celebrate! We’re halfway through the dark!

Winter starts today (for those of us in the northern hemisphere). Frigid winds will blow down from the arctic. The temps will drop. We’ll get snow and ice and more gloomy days than we wish.

BUT, from this day forward, every day will be a little longer. The sun will rise a few minutes earlier and set a few minutes later each day.

The solstice marks a turning point. The changes brought by a few minutes a day might be masked by winter so that we can’t perceive them, but they are happening. Just those few minutes more sunlight each day will transform winter to spring. And here’s a thought, a few minutes more each day could transform your writing, too. What could a writing spring look like for you?

Today, on the Solstice, everything turns around. Today, on the Solstice, consider what you want to turn around in your life… your family… your community… your country… your world. Today, on the Solstice, anything is possible because we’re halfway through the dark.

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4 Comments on “Bright Solstice!”

  1. Theresa December 23, 2013 at 6:45 am #

    Winter seems to love us this year; it came way early! Already had a few school closings, freezing rain, ice and snow. I tried to send it back to my girlfriend in Canada, but she wouldn’t take it.

    More seriously, I am using the beginning of solstice to rearrange my schedule to delete/keep-out-of-mind some distractions. For example, the idea is if I don’t see the emails that get me off track until AFTER I’ve done my writing, that’s a good thing.)

    Unfortunately, I think I’m doing way too much overplanning on when and where and definitely not enough writing or actual writing planning.

    I used to be able to write any and everywhere, but I’ve lost that somehow.

    Stay safe and warm – and hope your holidays are fantastic!



    • rosannebane December 23, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

      Thanks Theresa. It might be that you’re on a learning curve with the planning and won’t need to spend so much time on it as you practice. Not looking at emails before I write is essential for me. I hope your holidays are brilliant, too.


  2. Fay December 21, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

    I love this idea of turning things around at Winter Solstice. Your thoughts hit me at a very opportune time in my life. Thanks. I will work toward the light.


    • rosannebane December 23, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

      You’re welcome Fay. I’m always happy to be a spark of inspiration.


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