seasons of creativity – #WhatImWriting

Do you find that your writing and blogging alters with the seasons? Do you write more in winter? Or share more in summer? Is there a time of year when you feel most inspired?

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The reason I ask –  I’ve noticed that our #WhatImWriting linky has been quieter of late than it was over the winter. The same seems to be true of Prose for Thought (a linky for sharing original poetry and prose) over at VeViVos. I also found when I did the BritMums Poetry and Prose roundup a few weeks ago that I had to search harder to find creative work to include in it. Some months it’s leaping out all over the web (or the corner of it that I frequent anyway) but this time round, it just seemed a little thinner on the ground.

It made me wonder if this time of year (it’s officially summer now although I have to say that up in the north of England it doesn’t much feel like it!) is a less creative one. Could it be that winter – with it’s hot mugs of tea, blankets on the sofa and cosy firesides – is more conducive to writing?

But then, given I’m hypothesising based on my experience of the blogosphere, perhaps it isn’t the writing so much as the sharing that occurs less in summer. Do we like to blog in winter because we spend more time huddled over computer screens? Because going out into the dark and wet to meet ‘real life’ friends is less appealing than staying indoors and communicating with virtual ones? Or are we just busier in the summer? I’m sure the summer holidays will mean a lull in the parent-blogging community… although we’re not there yet.

I’ve just had a peek through my blog archives and it seems I fit the pattern of blogging more in the winter. I also wrote far more short pieces of fiction and poetry then too. Am I feeling less inspired at the moment? Perhaps. I certainly don’t have the ideas for new pieces that I did earlier in the year… but then I’ve been focusing on editing so my mind has been otherwise occupied.

Who knows. Maybe there is no pattern at all, and wondering about such things this is just another procrastination method my brain has thought up! Sneaky brain.

What do you think?

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18 thoughts on “seasons of creativity – #WhatImWriting

  1. Mummy Tries

    Love these thought provoking posts Maddy. My own creativity directly correlates to how much sleep I’m getting! This time last year I was happily getting up for the day at 4am having had about 4 unbroken hours, then the same in broken sleep. At the mo I’m lucky to get two uninterrupted hours the entire night. I woke up at 5:30 today, but only had twenty mins before the kids were awake… Which means I’ve not even finished my #whatimwriting post.

    Guess what I’m trying to say is that life gets in the way. For me the season is irrelevant, although I usually do the opposite to absolutely everyone else so don’t listen to me ;-)

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    1. Maddy Post author

      I’m amazed you manage anything on so little sleep Reneé! When my (baby’s) sleep was at it’s worst i mostly wrote about sleep deprivation as it was the only thing I could think about. But yes, sleep has a big impact on creativity I think. That and other commitments. Thanks for commenting.xx

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  2. Zoe

    I write more in winter – for sure. And d’you know, I never even realised that I did until reading this post! I like to write when it’s bad weather outside, if it’s sunny, I feel I should be out enjoying it so the writing gets pushed to one side. Now I’m aware of it, I’ll have to make more of an effort!

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    1. Maddy Post author

      I think there is something about curling up on the sofa to write in winter that works. I do write outside in summer but as I mainly write on my laptop and I can’t see the screen properly in the sun, it;s not ideal! Happy that my post made you realise something about your writing. Thanks Zoe. xx

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  3. Nicola Young

    I think my post this week might answer that question! Apart from the run up to Christmas, this is probably one of the busiest times of the year, so for me, it’s all about being time short.

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Yes, summer is a bit crazy when you have kids isn’t it? Hope you find some time for yourself over the next few months. xx

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  4. Beth

    For me work stuff always quietens down a little as we come into Summer Proper (as I’m going to call it) so I find I have the time to think about writing something that isn’t directly for someone else for five minutes! This kind of seems to contradict what you’ve found so maybe it’s just me :D!

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Oh this was just me musing about things – I could have spotted a pattern that isn’t even there. I just like to ponder! Thanks for commenting Beth. xx

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  5. Iona@redpeffer

    I’m the same, this time of year is incredibly busy and i have a birthday to organise right at the end of term too. You might have a point about seasons affecting our creativity-I do a lot of thinking this time of year but maybe less of the actual writing!

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    1. Maddy Post author

      My older two are summer babies so sumer tends to be full of parties here too! I wonder if the weather affects creativity? Even the sort of thing we write? Do we write darker stuff in winter I wonder? xx

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  6. Sophie Lovett

    Yep, I reckon I definitely get more writing done in winter… There’s just so much less to do in the real world! Mind you my life has generally become way too overloaded recently. Something is going to have to give… Xx

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  7. Nortonmum

    I suppose we’re all out and about more in summer, also my writing comes in peaks and troughs, sometimes writing a few in a week and then none.
    #WhatImWriting

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  8. Emily Organ

    I think blogging and writing is definitely quieter during those pesky summer holidays. Other than that I’m not sure if I’m seasonal with my writing, it goes through peaks and troughs in its own kind of natural rhythm!

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