Wednesday, May 2, 2018


Time for another posting with the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, where writers can share their insecurities and encourage one another. IWSG was founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh and we share our posts the first Wednesday of the month.

The question for May 2 is: It's spring! Does this season inspire you to write more than others, or not?

            My answer is no, not really. I have a harder time concentrating in the warmer months during spring and summer. There seem to be more distractions and I cannot sit still for more than ten minutes at a time. In the winter, or other cold days, it is easier for me to stay still and focus on one thing for a while. I enjoy a warm blanket and a cat on my lap (which, in my opinion, is one of the most comfortable writing positions) as I write, and that does not work very well once it starts getting warmer. I do tend to gather more ideas during spring and summer. I usually try to keep a notebook, or at least my iPhone notes, on hand to take down any interesting interactions I observe as people and animals take part in various outdoor activities.

            Spring also tends to put me in a spring cleaning mode, which adds to my lack of concentration because I’m constantly going over my to-do list in my head. Really, it seems that spring and summer are busier because there are more activities going on as people find their way back outside. Personally, I enjoy the outdoors better in the winter when there are fewer bugs and a chance of snow. I guess I’m getting a bit off-topic discussing my weather preferences. Back to my writing, I cannot believe April is already over! I don’t know where it went. I think I spent most of the month (when I wasn’t stuck at work) reading, listening to audiobooks, or working on online courses. So, that counts as writing research, right? 😉


  1. A season for ideas and season for writing - sounds like a good arrangement to me.

  2. Writers are masters of observation, aren't they. It's amazing how observing daily life can inspire us with ideas.

    Cheers - Ellen

  3. My house is telling me it needs a spring cleaning, too. So far, I've been ignoring it. I do think that cleaning is a very nice break from concentrated brain activity, so I do actually like cleaning when I get around to it.

  4. I also have a harder time concentrating in the warmer months. When it gets hot in Florida (Seriously when is it now? It's been feeling the same for months!) I just want to hide and melt. lol I hate being stuck at my desk when it's so hot. In October I'm always inspired to write. :)

  5. I write well with a rottweiler on my lap ;-) Though, I'll settle for them just cuddling with my feet.

    Ronel visiting on Insecure Writer's Support Group day: Autumn Decisions

  6. Yeah, I wondered if winter might be a better writing time. But that's just the way I think.

  7. You make perfect sense because I relate to my hubby. My hubby is a wonderful artist and he can create amazing works during the winter and very early spring or late Autumn but once true spring is in the air, he can't wait to be outside whether it is gardening, working outside, cycling or kayaking.

  8. I get distracted by all the chores that come with the warmer weather too. It's definitely a challenge!


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