Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Writing in Minnesota in January January 4, 2018

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SIX-THIRTY a.m. and the furnace flutters, taking wing in the morning cold.

I stir, too, beneath a layer of blankets topped by an extra fleece throw. I’m in no hurry to exit my warm bed, even if I am a morning person. The dark and cold of a Minnesota winter hold me there, pressed between flannel sheets rough as sandpaper.

Outside traffic rushes by in sub zero temps, drivers shivering inside vehicles warming on the way to work. I’m lucky. My office is only a room away.

Soon enough I rise, dress in jeans and a t-shirt layered by flannel and a zip-up sweatshirt during this Minnesota cold snap. Banana-laced oatmeal and a coffee fuel my body. I settle at my desktop computer to write.

The beginning of the year launches submission season. I focus on writing poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction for numerous regional contests. Submission guidelines roll into my email as I note details and push myself to meet deadlines. Every year I doubt myself. But then the ideas come and the words emerge from my fingertips, pulled from the bank of experiences and memories and places that shape my writing. Even in fiction some truth prevails.

And so I write, not because anyone makes me write. But because I must write words that flutter, take wing, rise in the cold of a January morning in Minnesota.

© Copyright 2018 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


14 Responses to “Writing in Minnesota in January”

  1. Valerie Says:

    And I”m so glad you do!

  2. C. Drawert Says:

    Your morning sounds wonderful to me!

  3. ——Beautiful)).
    Just listened to Bird by Bird.
    Annie Lamott said this: ( paraphrasing )”A writer writes. Not because she wants money or to be published, but because she must, because she loves it, because she is a writer, because she has something to say.”

    xxxx KEEP writing & Rising, Audrey!

  4. Ralph Hopper Says:

    Keep writing, it helps me to understand how my cousins are surviving on the across the Atlantic.

  5. Susan Ready Says:

    I must write words that flutter, take wing, rise in the cold of a January morning in Minnesota. I just love how your expressed your writing emotion in this thought.
    Can you think of another writer who might say something similar? I was thinking Ernest Hemingway who once said… “The writer must write what he has to say, not speak it.”
    Have a good writing week.

  6. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    Sounds like a great way to start the day. Wishing you tons of creativity as you meet each goal for the year. I love setting personal deadlines it keeps me motivated.

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