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 an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

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