Does a change in seasons bring changes in your writing habits?
I’m voting yes on my ballot. As the daylight fades and it starts getting darker earlier, I find myself planted in my chair a little more, pecking away at my projects. But for me, it’s just because I’m an outside kind of person. I spend more time outside during the summer season which just leaves less time inside at my desk, translating into a less productive time of year for me.
I know what you’re all saying. Why not write outside?
Yeah, I see all you writerly types posting outdoor Instagram photos of yourself and a laptop, perfectly perched on a quaint table or sandy beach near a softly rolling ocean, picturesque lake, rippling stream, or overlooking a valley or scenic mountain range.
My office for the day. The view from my workspace today.
But are you really writing? Are or you doing what I would be doing, staring out into that beautiful setting, mesmerized by nature and trying to remember where your fishing pole is while keeping your laptop open to check social media?
Hey, if you can write like that, more power to you. For me, a setting like that would be the reward for getting my writing completed, because I surely wouldn’t want to be staring at my laptop screen while all that great scenery is within my view, just begging for attention. “How am I supposed to write with all these distractions. ” is what the caption of my Instagram photo would read. Hashtag not writing, haha.
I do find inspiration in the views, though. I can easily see how a little outdoor time can refresh oneself while providing new insights and a clean brain slate, so to speak. In fact, a good walk has helped me further my writing numerous times, whether I’m stuck on a particular scene or just looking for the right words or phrases to convey my intended message.
Nevertheless, for whatever reasons, as the days get shorter you are way more likely to find me right here, butt in the chair, painfully reminded of the fact that I still haven’t purchased that comfortable office chair.
But, as professional writers, I suppose this is where we all should be anyway, right?
Have a great writing day!