Can the weather truly have an affect on our moods as writers?
I'm looking out my window this morning and seeing an overcast, dreary-looking day out there. It's the kind of day that can't quite decide if it wants to rain or not and I sometimes wonder if Mother Nature has the occasional problem with listlessness. This kind of weather makes me a bit listless, like I can't stay focused on one project for very long before my mind starts wandering elsewhere. Not a very conducive state of mind to be in for writing.
So, I think there are times where the weather does have an affect on me as a writer. Sunny, cheerful days make me feel motivated and I'm up for the challenge of tackling my current writing project. Rainy days can sometimes put me in the mood to write a bit darker, moodier sections and other times just make me want to curl up on the couch and read something that is not my own work. Crisp, autumn days have me contemplating mystery writing and cold, snowy days make me want to write something warm and humorous. And sometimes, it doesn't matter what the weather is doing - I've got the writing itch and I have to get the words out or I'll go insane!
Then I wonder how much of it is the weather and how much of it is my own brain dictating how motivated I am to write whatever it is I'm working on. Sometimes I believe it is a combination of the two that either works for or against me.
But in the end, I guess it doesn't really matter as long as the project gets finished eventually. I used to have a horrible time completing a writing project and will confess that I have many stories stored on my computer that I have yet to finish. Some I will and some I won't - I've come to accept that. But I'm pleased with the fact that I can and do finish all the stories that I absolutely want to see published one day. Some just take more time than others to develop.
Anyway, as I look out on this dreary, listless-inspiring day, I will try to get my brain to kick in and get me over the listless hump so I can get back to work on those projects that are patiently waiting for me to return. Fortunately for me, there are no looming deadlines to stress over, and with the weather sometimes dictating my mood, that is a very good thing indeed!