Winter has set in with its blanket of white snow. Depending on which side of the window you find yourself, this may mean either a beauty you behold or a nightmare of slush and ice.

Now is the perfect time for you to experience winter first hand. Bundle up–or don’t–and step outside into the elements. Use your senses–all of them. Listen. What winter sounds do you hear? Reach out and touch winter’s splendors. What is the texture, the temperature, the weight, the feeling in the air? How does winter taste? How does it smell? Observe some wintery things you hadn’t noticed before. Savor your sensory experiences to use as a writing prompt. In 250 words or less, create a winter setting for a short story, poem, or novel.

Don’t forget to visit Wordwrites Guild on Thursday, January 24, from 6:00 to 7:30 in the Ewbank Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library. Wordwrites is open to writers of all levels. There are no dues, just a rich evening of stories, ideas, and techniques.