I’m writing this post as part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). This wonderful group contribute on the first Wednesday of every month to inspire, encourage and cheer on fellow writers, no matter what stage of their journey. The main sign-up page has all the details, as well as links to everyone taking part. If you’re struggling with your writing, want to share your success or just want to catch up with fellow writerly folk, then this is the place to go.
This month we are talking about whether there are months or times of the year when you are more productive with your writing and why.
I was thinking about this while I was out running this morning, and it occurred to me how many similarities there are between my running brain and my writing brain. In the summer months running can often be an effort, particularly if the weather is hot. Running in the heat certainly takes a lot more out of me, that’s for sure. The summertime also offers more opportunities to be out and about doing things with friends and family (although not in 2020, obvs. 🤭), leaving less time to schedule in many running trips.
I find the same with my writing. If it’s too hot during the day, I find it difficult to concentrate on anything for long periods. The heat can sap away at my energy levels fairly quickly, and I turn into Mrs Unreasonable far more often than I’d like to admit.
In the winter, although it can be chilly and wet and windy, I find my running performance improves a lot. As long as I wear enough layers and keep my ears and neck covered, the motion of running itself is enough to keep me warm on my travels.
And with writing, well, there’s nothing better than holing up inside the house when it’s too cold and wet to do much else outside. Reading and writing really are two of the best ways to spend a winter’s evening, especially if you have a gorgeous fire and mug of hot chocolate to keep you company. My word count certainly seems to go up when it’s colder outside.
How about you? When is your most productive time of the year? Maybe it’s cyclical. I’d love to hear about it, so please do leave a comment and share your writing habits.