My Writing Year: SAD

My writing year: SAD

As the shortest day of the year approaches and the days become dull and foggy, the amount of writing I do diminishes. Knowing this is due to my need for sunlight of above 2UV, I start reading and only writing the odd short piece. My mind feels sluggish, sleepy and my thoughts slow to a crawl. Words will not come and plot lines disappear somewhere I cannot reach.

The decision to put off writing till the spring is an act of self preservation knowing I would spoil the hard work I’ve already done.

To stop me from being unbearable to live with ( I really do get grumpy) I start using a SAD lamp for forty minutes twice a day. This improves my mood to almost normal most days. The one I use has white LEDs and is very bright. Even with my eyes closed it makes me feel as if I’m out in a summer’s day. After a session I can ignore the dark sky outside for several hours, and maybe get a poem or short story written.

What I eat also changes, gone are the salads as I can’t digest them in the winter. Why? I don’t know. I start craving oily fish, like mackerel. Cod-liver oil also helps. I suppose it’s the vitamins A and D it’s rich in. The sun light’s too weak in winter to give these vitamins to me.

One other thing I need to keep writing into the winter is a suntan. Not getting one in the summer causes me to go into hibernation mode early and be unable to take part in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November. It’s a great way to get the first draft of a novel written. I’m not taking part this year as I now have four novels to type up, rewrite or edit.

For writing this blog piece I’m going to reward myself with Robin Hobb’s novels The Rain Wild Chronicles. As I said, winter is when I read lots of books.

Happy writing.


2 thoughts on “My Writing Year: SAD

  1. Hi, Cass, many thanks for dropping by. Sorry about the sunlight issue. Hope you’ll be able to write to your heart’s delight, soon. I’ll be reading more asap. Best wishes, Sebnem 🙂

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