Does spring bring rejuvenation or growth in your writing and ideas?

Q&A With Shay Each Sunday

Since spring is here and the weather is getting warmer, let’s talk about its effect—if any—on writing.

Q: Does spring bring rejuvenation or growth in your writing and ideas?

A: No more than usual, honestly. I often feel cheerier when the weather starts to get warmer and maybe a bit more motivated in general. However, winter and bad weather is technically really good for productivity because you just want to stay inside all the time. I guess that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll work on your writing while you’re there though. You might end up snuggling your dog and binging shows while drinking a pot of coffee (what, who does that?).

Anyway, I pretty much get the same amount of work done year round for the most part. It just depends on whatever else I have going on in my life at the moment, not so much the weather. I’m super excited about the nice weather though and even though I’m more motivated in general, I’m also motivated to do things outside that have nothing to do with writing. I like to write outside—but also read by the pool obviously, and do other activities, so the season change brings rejuvenation but I don’t know about the rejuvenation pertaining to my stories and ideas. I have a lot of ideas regardless of if I’m boiling in the sun or shivering in a snowstorm.

I also suffer from horribly bad pollen allergies, so I have to take a lot of Benadryl in spring and that probably doesn’t help the productive process too much, no matter how much coffee I counter it with—I promise I’m actually pretty healthy.

So there you have it, I’m itchy and sneezing and just as rejuvenated as always while also looking forward to pool and beach. I’m also really looking forward to the release of my poetry book, which will probably be some time in June, but I’ll keep you posted. So, maybe this spring has brought about more rejuvenation and growth than usual!