Writer’s Winter Blues

As these long, dark winter days start to feel endless, monotonous and mundane, I often find myself uninspired and lethargic when it comes to my writing. I like lots of light and getting out of doors often helps me organize my thoughts. Two things that we don’t see much of or can do in the winter!

Blue and White on snowy day

But how do you fight against the winter blues as a writer and stay inspired? Or do you just give up and disappear into your cozy place until the sun decides to shine again? Here are some tips for shaking off the doldrums and inspiring your winter writing (And the hope that Spring will return!)

    • Change up your schedule. I have found one of the very best ways to combat the winter blues is to change up my writing schedule or environment.
    • Exercise! Yes, I know that staying curled up in a tight little ball under a blanket might seem more appealing right now, but exercising helps your brain get going and increases circulation.
    • Try something new. Now might be a great time to take a break from that huge novel with all its research and notes and try writing something that might come together a little quicker and faster. Poetry or a short story, maybe?
    • I like to burn candles or have my essential oil diffuser going while I write. I have found that a few drops of peppermint oil or lemon and orange can really help you feel more alive and active!
    • Try out some new music. Maybe you feel uninspired because you are stuck playing the same old music tracks to help with your writing? Try branching out and finding similar artists for what you like to listen too.
    • When all else fails, remember that it is okay to take a break. Some times that is the only thing that helps in the long run. 🙂 Taking a break for a while can help you clear your thoughts and return with new enthusiasm later to your writing project.

How about you? What do you like to do to stave off the winter blues and stay creative with your writing?

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