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July 15, 2009

Are you a summer writer or a winter writer?

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This year, in the area where I live, the weather has been unpredictable and summer has been a long time coming.  Finally though, we have had several days of beautiful, sunny weather.  That got me to thinking about writing.

Am I a summer writer or a winter writer?

I can honestly say that it isn’t difficult to hunker down in front of the computer on a freezing cold day in February as the wind blows gusts of ice and snow across the wide expanses of my back yard.  Writing all day is a great excuse to stay cozy in my pjs and drink coffee or hot chocolate all afternoon.

But as I let the bright summer sun warm my skin and as I smell the fresh morning air and listen to the happy, chattering birds, I feel rejuvenated and energized.  The days are long, the breezes cool and the pace can be whatever I choose.

In the winter, I find that I have more deadlines and more projects on the go at times, partly because I write plays for my studio’s drama department and partly because I’m one of those people who gets more accomplished the more I have to do.  In the winter I don’t mind being indoors – in fact, I rather like it when the temperatures outside dip below freezing.

In the summer, I become a different kind of writer. 

On sunny days, I love sitting in a park or on the shore of a lake, notebook and pen in hand.  The tranquill pace and sounds of summer inspire me to create new projects and to revel in all my new ideas. 

On rainy days, I hit the computer and work on revisions, research and rewrites.  I read writing newsletters and blogs.  I do what I call my “indoor” writing work.

So am I a summer writer? 

You betcha!

Am I a winter writer?

Absolutely!

I’m a writer…period.  No matter the weather or the circumstances, I write.  The only way to get those words down on paper is to sit there and do it.

So are you a summer writer or a winter writer?

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6 Comments »

  1. Interesting question, Jacqueline. While it was raining earlier today, I thought how lovely it would be to have a curl-up-to-a-book-and-read day. But we have company and were off to a museum instead. But when I don’t have work or family or other obligations to demand my time, I’m with you on the winter writing. Summer for me is getting OUTSIDE and playing! Guess I’d better move to Canada to get more cool-writing weather.

    Comment by sandy carlson — July 15, 2009 @ 4:36 PM | Reply

    • It certainly can be more challenging to find the time in the summer. With family outings, company, and wanting to be outside while the weather is nice, it does take some juggling to keep writing in the foreground.

      But I gotta love those rainy days for that.

      And of course, keeping my subbing appointment with my Blue Quills critique group motivates me not to let the ball drop on my novel.

      Comment by dramaquill — July 16, 2009 @ 1:23 PM | Reply

  2. Struggling, as usual, to make myself be an all-season writer. For me, DEFINITELY winter. (Although when we first built our house, the frequent power-outages made that trickier.) I don’t do so well in the heat–feel fried and dried! Not to mention school being out. But son is on vacation with cousin this week, so I’m going to try and get back into synch!

    Comment by beckylevine — July 15, 2009 @ 7:10 PM | Reply

  3. I must admit, the humid heat really sucks my energy and it’s hard to be creative. But the beautiful warm (not hot and sticky) summer days definitely get me creating.

    Comment by dramaquill — July 16, 2009 @ 1:08 PM | Reply

  4. I am a night writer. I enjoy the solitude of being alone with my thoughts. Sometimes I look out the window, I’m entertained by the dance of a northern breeze amongst the trees. I especially love it when it stops by to give me a kiss on the cheek.

    Comment by TM in Canada — July 25, 2009 @ 3:12 PM | Reply

    • This was lovely – I can picture your inspirations. I too find myself far more creative
      later at night and definitely not so much in the early a.m.

      Comment by dramaquill — July 27, 2009 @ 4:13 PM | Reply


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