Hello, hello! I’m writing this a little earlier than usual (Monday instead of Tuesday), and it’s a really drab (cloudy and humid) day. In fact, it’s supposed to be dull and potentially rainy most of the week. A lot of people I know talk about how wonderful days like this are for writing, but I just don’t see it. Back when I did most of my writing at like two in the morning, weather didn’t really affect me. The only time it bothered me back then was during thunderstorms and that was only because of a fear of random tornadoes springing up, so I’m fairly jittery during them anyway. It wasn’t until I started writing during the day that I noticed how the sun affected my writing moods.
People are different, I know, so I’m just saying that writing is harder for me on grey days. I feel more lathargic than usual. A headache is almost always involved. So, I’m one of those people who wants to binge watch Netflix or read manga and munch on chocolate until the sun comes back out. It’s worse if it’s super humid and warm. If it’s freezing cold (that’d be 60 or below in Texas), I don’t mind it as much. Maybe because it’s supposed to be yucky outside at that point (or at least that’s what I tell myself). Who knows. It’s just not conducive to writing for me.
On the flip side of that coin, if it’s sunny and beautiful and warm out, I also get distracted a lot. The sunny weather is energizing and all that, so it’s not because I’m lethargic and feel like crap, which makes it a lot easier to push through the writing avoidance. On those days, I simply tend to have a ton more “ooo shiny” moments than usual (also known as “Squirrel!” moments ever since Up came out). But, like I said, it’s easier to work around those moment.
I suppose my preferred writing weather is probably sunny and cold or sunny and super hot. Something energizing, but not anything I want to be out in. The kind of weather I can occasionally glance out of the window at and be satisfied. I’m not an outdoorsy person anyway, so most days are okay for writing. It’s just those super blah days and the incredibly beautiful ones that get to me. The in between is fine.
So, what about you? Do you find certain weather patterns to be more conducive to writing than others? Are you a sunshine or stormy day writer? What about daytime writing versus nighttime writing? Or maybe you don’t care either way. Maybe I’m just trying to rationalize my avoidance of writing on certain days. Feel free to share your thoughts here or on any of my social media links!
Until next time! Write on.
2 thoughts on “Grey Days”
Weather definitely affects my writing. I’m the opposite, though. If it’s a scorching summer day, I don’t want to do anything except lounge in front of a fan, maybe reading a book or watching TV. I tend to write more when the weather is nice or cool enough that I can throw my windows open and enjoy the breeze.
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Fresh air is always good.