I’ve never been a skier. Of course, I’ve never really been anywhere where the skiing could potentially be good, either. The small side of a “mountain” in Pennsylvania (covered in ice) doesn’t count.
I’ve never been interested in skiing, either. It’s cold. It’s steep (I’m afraid of heights). It’s expensive.
This week, however, I’m in Park City, Utah at the mercy of my husband who thought it would be a great idea for us to start a new family tradition – skiing before Christmas. I fought it. Really, I did. “Can’t we go to the beach instead?” It’s much more my speed. I’ve always been a beach person.
We’re three days in to our skiing holiday and I have only one thing to say:
I went into skiing very dubious that I or my kids would have any interest in it whatsoever, but I’m finding just the opposite. Of course, once I became resigned to the fact that we WOULD be skiing, I decided we ought to be prepared. I set about consulting my aunt, an avid skier, what we should do/have to be successful.
First, she said, be warm. If you’re cold or wet, you’re set for misery. A few outfits later (fleece, ski pants/jackets, hats, balaclavas, and hot packs for our gloves) and we’re set. Today was practically blizzard conditions and we were great for hours!
Second, take lessons. There are a few things you need to learn about skiing in order to be successful, namely stopping and turning. Learning how to get off the lift isn’t so bad, either, for sure. Once I learned how to turn and stop – basically control my direction and speed – things became really fun!
Third, go into it with an open mind. This was probably my biggest hurdle. If you’re not willing and open to embracing what’s before you, you’ll never be successful. This morning, my older son woke in the worst, most negative mood, because yesterday his skis were too sticky. They were catching ice, making his descent on the green slope painfully jerky and disjointed. Today, after his skis got a good wax, they were perfect and he had a great skiing day.
If you’re in a writing rut and are thinking about possibly switching genres, voice, POV, or anything else, I say go for it, of course. But be prepared. Going from contemporary to historical is great, but be aware of anachronisms and make sure you have your history straight. If you’ve typically written in a female 3rd POV and want to try male 1st, fantastic! But be sure your character only sees/feels what they can actually see and feel, and guys think differently from women. One of the first criticisms I received when writing in Nate’s POV was that his thoughts were too “girly.” Don’t do that!
Whatever you do, embrace it. Own it. And have fun with it! Here’s hoping your new year brings wonderful new adventures that you enjoy and love!