I have found that my writing habits change quite frequently with the different seasons of the year. I have had to adapt, and make many changes to accommodate these shifts, but I think I have finally figured out how to make the changing of the seasons work for my writing.
I find the fall to be my most productive time of the year. I think this stems from my many years of school, but autumn always feels like a fresh start to me. I am most efficient, and disciplined during this time, and I try to make the most of it, by scheduling time each and every day to sit down and write. By making a concerted effort to be disciplined in my writing, during the time when I feel most energized, I can be as productive as possible. This often forms itself into a habit that carries me through the long, interminable-feeling winter!
Winter can be a very long season in my hometown of Calgary. We often joke that we have 10 months of Winter, and only a couple weeks of every other season. While I often feel like I want to hibernate during the really cold days, I also find winter to be great for perfecting and honing. This is usually my editing phase, and it can be quite productive, but editing can also end up feeling like a slog, which is how I think most people view winter anyway!
Spring feels a little bit like a second awakening, which I’m sure is true for most people. At this time of the year, I can also get a lot of writing done. I find this is when I most often release my novels as well. I do feel a little bit torn, between wanting to get as much writing done, and getting outside to see all the beautiful trees and flowers beginning to bloom, so I try to find a balance between the two.
Summer is always my least productive time for writing. I used to find this very frustrating, until I realized the reason why summer is so unproductive. When the sun is out, and the garden is beautiful, and life’s relentless pace eases up a bit, I don’t really want to be inside writing. I want to be outside doing things. If I forced myself to sit inside and get writing done, I feel guilty about missing the beautiful weather, and spending all my time indoors. Instead, I use the summer time to get in as many experiences as possible. I talked about this at length in my post about refilling your creative tanks, and I also try and get as much travel in as possible, because I find that also inspires my writing. This way, I still feel productive and creative, and inspired, but I’m not stuck inside the whole summer!
Do you find you have different phases for writing? Do they coincide with the changing seasons?
If you liked this post, check out my novels!