Partly Cloudy and a Chance of Writing

I love and hate this time of year. Yesterday, it was rainy, snowy, windy, before finally settling in with horizontal sleet. All in the span of two minutes. Today is calm, windows are open and springtime is showing its face. Tomorrow? Wait and see. The best job in the world is a TV weatherperson. They’re never wrong…  they can blame mistakes in forecasting on the ever changing atmosphere. Nothing like the Low Pressure defense.

I write best in the early morning, but if an idea comes my way at night, I can’t sleep on it. I”ll get in down on paper so I can have a restful night. With the ever changing weather, it got me thinking if the conditions outside effect the way we write. Once the temperature hits the highest it has been for five months, are you out enjoying each minute? Is your writing at its best when the weather outside is frightful? For me, I don’t think so. Summer or Winter, I will write the same amount. Other writers I have talked to think otherwise. They tend to write better when it is warmer, but also the conditions outside can help set the mood for certain type of writing: It was a dark and stormy night.

Studies have been conducted over the past 30 years as to the effects of weather on one’s mood. Bad weather would seem to suggest bad mood. Does bad moods then equate to bad writing? Hard to say. Psychology Today recently did a review of the research on weather moods, and like most research, you can find support on both sides. Although the studies were not specifically about writing, it seems that if weather effects mood, then it would also change your desire or productivity with writing.

How about you? Are you a cold or hot weather writer?

I’d write more, but it’s too nice outside to be cooped up in front of a laptop.

About Greg Pattridge

Climbing another mountain...writing middle grade novels.
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