April has been ugly around here. We were blessed with two beautiful days, though they turned out to be nothing more than a tease. After our brutal winter, I am more than ready for clear skies and warm temperatures. Lately, every day has been a different season, which is murder to those of us with seasonal allergies. And I'm rather tired of living inside a black and white movie.
Weather affects my mood. I'm an outdoors kind of guy and I hate when that privilege is taken from me for an extended period of time. My best work takes place after breathing in fresh air. When I get stuck in a scene, I need to be able to take a walk - or a drive with my windows down and the music off. It clears my head.
Ongoing rain puts me in a funk; it sucks out my creativity and diminishes my motivation. The sound hinders my concentration. I avoid leaving the house if possible. And, if I can actually bring myself to crank out a few words, anxiety controls the session. In my neighborhood, the power fails every time someone sneezes. So, even writing during a mild shower forces me to break character and save my work after just about every sentence. Believe me, weather has claimed more than it's fair share of words from my manuscript.
Unfortunately, weather is not something I can control. So, I have two choices: sit and complain or suck it up and write. Most days, I choose the latter, but I can objectively recognize my work is not the same. To many, it sounds silly - how can weather impact our writing? But, I suspect every writer has a quark or two that leach onto our mood and knock us off our A-game.
What factors affect your writing? How do you overcome those barriers?