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The right weather for writing

Earlier this month, Writer’s Relief posed the following question on Twitter.

‘Quick! Gut instinct. Better to write on a sunny day, or a rainy one?’

As requested, I went with my gut instinct and replied ‘A sunny one. Always.’ The fact that it happened to be a sunny day and I was writing at the time may have biased my response somewhat, as, later that week, I  realised that I have, at other times, been of the opinion that a rainy day is the best time to write.

So I got to thinking… Does it actually matter to me what the weather is like when I’m writing? I am just as happy sitting on the bedroom floor at home writing in my notebook while rain drums against the window, as on a park bench warmed by the afternoon the sun, using the notebook function on my mobile. The weather may feature in my writing if I am particularly inspired by it, but I have been equally inspired by a rainy day as by a sunny one.

So having given it some more thought, I’ve now come to the conclusion that there’s no ‘right,’ weather for writing… At least, not for me. I either feel like writing, or I don’t.  As you may know if you’ve been reading recently, I tend to write more from spring onwards but that’s not really about the weather. The weather may have a bearing on my mood and therefore the content of my writing, but otherwise the two are not necessarily connected.

What do you think? Do you prefer to write in certain types of weather?

Hello Sunshine

A little while ago, I wrote a blog post about spring, but as we saw more snow in some parts of the UK in the following weeks, perhaps I was a little premature.

Now, having had two days of sunshine in London, I am optimistic that this time, spring really has sprung.  There is blossom on the trees, men are walking the streets with their tops off (yes really, and no, it’s not that warm), and a there is a sense of purpose in the air.  My neighbours have started spring cleaning their houses (I’ll get round to mine eventually), there are more people in the gym then there were in January, and if you’re thinking about going to any festivals this summer, it’s time to start booking now.

As for me, I am just sitting at my kitchen table, listening to the silence as the sunlight streams in through the patio windows, the clock ticking quietly behind me.  Should I be spring cleaning? Maybe. But right now, I am just enjoying the sensation of the sun warming the side of my face as I type this meandering blog post which has no real purpose other than to say Hello, Sunshine.