I must admit, for the past year I have been very reflective in nearly every aspect of my life. During this time I have noticed it was time to embrace my role as a writer. I have started taking the steps to move from the hobbyist writer to the professional writer. The first step in this transition has been to take a long and critical look at my writing process. I recently discovered my energy and motivation returning and it was no surprise it is coinciding with the change in season. I spent a little time pondering this occurrence.
I have noticed many people seem to love writing in the winter. My social media circles have been booming with activity. I typically start out strong, but end in a fizzle. Once the weather starts turning colder, I think I will be able to spend a lot of time writing with a nice warm beverage. I make all these grandiose goals of what I am going to accomplish during the winter months, but in reality I know none will happen. Sometime the newness of winter wears off and I fall into a seasonal depression, that I don’t even know what happens to the days, weeks and months. I lose interest in most of my hobbies and spend the time either napping or watching the television like a zombie. I would love to be productive in the winter, but as seasons past have shown me that is just not in my destiny, but I next year I will be prepared with a natural sunlight lamp.
Spring is a flurry of activity for me. The world starts waking up from its brown slumber and turns back to luscious green. My birds start showing up at the feeders regularly and my wildflowers start blooming. I can still sit inside, watching the birds peck around at the feeder, chirping beautifully or listening to the rain tap against the windows, all while enjoying a nice cup of tea. The return of my favorite activities means a return of my motivation. My creativity starts out slowly, but by the end of the season it’s running at full steam.
With the leaves in full bloom on the trees and the temperatures warmed up, the sun shines brightly most days making it the perfect time to sit outside and write. I love writing outside despite the glare on my screen, but the breeze in my hair and the sun on my face, helps the words flow freely from my mind. Many claim summer is too busy for them to concentrate on writing, so much activity and commitments to keep, but for me it’s perfect. The law of attraction comes into play in the summer months. The more I have to do and the more time I am out enjoying myself, the more I want to sit down and work on my book. There is just something about being busy and happy that keeps me motivated. The same is true at my day job, the busy days I love my job and the days go by quickly, but those days I don’t have much to do, I get basically nothing done because I just don’t feel like working. Summer is probably my most productive writing season, just because of the activities I have going on.
The breezes start getting cooler and the leaves start turning gorgeous colors, and I find myself back inside the house with a warm beverage. There is still plenty of activity, and noticed a lot of plotting for new stories starting to emerge, from my mind. My creativity starts to dwindle, at least for writing. I start thinking about knitting, or painting, or even photography. The mind and body tire from sitting at a keyboard for countless hours and seek something different. I typically take a short break in the fall to enjoy the hobbies I have or just to think and plot out the next project I hope to embark on.
Seasons have a lot of effect on my writing, but the biggest influence is how much the sun shines. How do the seasons influence your writing?