Snow Emergency

We have these crazy things in Minnesota called Snow Emergencies. Those of you who come from snowy states probably know what I’m talking about.

Basically, the local officials call a Snow Emergency so plows can clear the roads after a heavy snowfall overnight. Bottom line; be sure you are parking on the odd or even side of the street, depending on the day.

This is quite a problem for downtown dwellers, who have not paid for off street parking. Somehow they have to scrape enough snow out from underneath their car and off their windshield to move it, or be towed. And you got to know, that isn’t free.

It’s all about being in the right place at the right time. Wow, have we all heard that one before. As writers we have to know where to send our work, when to send our work, where to meet agents…the list goes on and on.

Perhaps it is all a matter of chance. We will eventually fall in the hands of the right person at the right time. You could wait for that. A. Long. Time. Or, you could avoid being caught up in a blizzard, by watching the forecast and planning ahead.

What can writers learn from a Snow Emergency?

*Pack Necessary Equipment. You need a shovel and warm gear to pull your car out from under a heavy snowfall. Writers should learn the writing craft and industry before trying to submit their work.

*Don’t Rush. Us northerners all know that you don’t sit down and watch the forecast for snow in July. That would be ludicrous. Surround yourself with experts to critique your work so they can give you a sense for the season of writing you are in.

*Don’t Be Caught By Surprise. When snow season comes, we watch the weather. The first to notice a storm has the best shot of finding a good parking spot. Writers getting close to the season of submission should attend a conference, to be prepared to pitch their work when the time is right.

*Road Rage Is Not An Option. Frustration can get the best of us in cold weather, but a totaled car is not the solution. It is easy to get frustrated when Editors and Agents do not see our brilliance, or when someone else is published first. Keep perspective. Don’t wreck opportunities with anger.

*Let the Plow Lead. Letting the snow plow go in front of you improves your chances of getting where you want to go. God is our plow as writers. He should lead our way and clear the path if we remember to follow him.

*It Snows More Than Once A Year. Just because we made it through our first snow emergency, doesn’t mean we will pack up our gear and quit watching the forecast. Even published authors need to keep their eyes on the marketing forecast and continue to let God lead.


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

2 thoughts on “Snow Emergency

  1. Beth K. Vogt says:

    I love how you translate “real” life into writing life, Michelle.

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