Sunset at 4pm in Eton...but the swans don't suffer from SAD

Sunset at 4pm in Eton…but the swans don’t suffer from SAD!

The hardest part about living in the Northern hemisphere is seeing the sun set at 3.30pm, which is the case for all of us in the UK as we approach the solstice. Add to this endless grey days of no sun and what happens to the creative flow? It stalls! Does SAD affect writing output? It can do if the winter blues win over productivity.

So, what’s my solution to keeping the writing going through the dark depths of winter? Here are a few ideas:

Gingerbread latte!

Gingerbread latte!

1) Coffee, coffee and more coffee! I’m sure there are some out there, but I haven’t yet met a writer who writes uncaffeinated. The good thing about winter is all the yummy seasonal varieties available. Eggnog latte anyone?

2) Crimbo get-togethers. Catching up with friends, especially at drunken work parties might yield some juicy story ideas or conversation snippets for short fiction.

3) Snow. Ok, I will admit this one is hit or miss with me since I enjoy it only when I don’t have to commute in it, but a blizzard can make a romantic setting for fiction. Or if that isn’t your cup of tea, what about a horror? Check out the Japanese folk tale of yuki onna (the snow woman), a good creepy winter yarn!

And remember everyone, keep popping those Vit D tablets to keep up the seasonal fun!

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019. Leilanie has also published four poetry collections: Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015); Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert and their rambunctious toddler, a voracious reader of dinosaur board books. Literary blog: Meandi Books: Bindweed Magazine:

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