Write On- It’s the time of the year

The leaves are starting to turn colour and I am suddenly full of energy. Does the weather affect your writing habits? It does mine. When it’s hot and sunny, I’m miserable and grumpy and want to do nothing more than sprawl by a swimming pool, turning over only to sip a cold drink, and I am not talking about water.

I like the cooler air, it makes for better walks and whilst walking, ideas appear more easily. I like the chill of the air against my cheek and then the flood of heat upon entering a warm house. A large cup of tea, the wind outside, the clock ticking, it’s time to settle down and write.

Winter is another season that I love. I can sit in front of a window watching snowflakes fall and write chapters upon chapters. Hours become meaningless. Only the night drawing in reminds me of how long I have been at my desk.

Spring– I start to feel anxious. It’s as if my writing body knows that summer will be here soon and I will start to slow down–to unwind, to begin the summer hibernation.

I look forward to wearing sweaters, and wearing gloves with the fingers cut off so I can punch in some note into my phone when an idea hits me. I can remember winters when I wore those gloves indoors, even though the old rads were cranking away.

I like the silence the winter brings. The muted sound of the city. The warmth of the library after a brisk walk down to its doors. I just feel alive and ready to write.

It’s the perfect time of year to sit in a big leather chair, mug in hand, book in the other and explore new worlds and new ideas, and ending up slightly breathless when finished, for I’ve been curled up in that chair and with that book I have just lived another life.

Even though the soggy days are about, I don’t mind a walk in the rain, well…not a downpour, but a gentle rain will do.

I wonder, do you have a favourite time of year to write? Does the weather help create?

About susan sheldon nolen

It’s rare to catch me without coffee, a form of camera, or my beloved wire fox terriers. I love the history, the art, and it’s a massive part of my life, as I either paint, write, or get interrupted by my dogs, reminding me of the real world. I hope you enjoy your time here. It’s such a privilege to have readers.
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12 Responses to Write On- It’s the time of the year

  1. jessmittens says:

    We’re just entering Spring here in Australia, and I think I’m the opposite to you at times – I hide from the sun so am indoors writing. The only trouble is when it’s hot, my laptop gets hot, so I can leave it on for ages which can disrupt the writing.
    Winter is lovely, kinda sad to be leaving it for another year.
    Lovely post 🙂

  2. Cameron says:

    I feel exactly the same way. Autumn and Winter are my creative recharging season, too!

    • Yeah Cameron! I just love this time of year! I wonder if we could put a page number on how much work is done during the colder months…be an interesting experiment for someone to do! I would work through it and forget I was supposed to be doing the experiment!

  3. Pseu says:

    My summer is always disjointed and busy, so I don’t write as much then, but for different reasons. I love September and October especially.

  4. Carrie Rubin says:

    I suppose fall is a more productive writing time for me because the kids are back in school, but I don’t think it’s necessarily the weather. Well, maybe it is. In the summer, I want to be out doing things more. But I love fall. It’s my favorite season, really.

    • I wonder if it’s because..the kids are in school being productive I had better be that way also? 🙂 I used the love that time pressure of getting things done! Now…it’s on my own time! Which is also good! Here’s to some autumn leaves!

  5. I just wrote a whole first draft in two months of summer. I’ve got to spend fall revising. I do love the light of fall where I live.

  6. Lynne Ayers says:

    I love the fall too – favourite season – I feel energized and ready.

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