Winter Staples for the Writer


I’m full of flu and feeling very sorry for myself, so I thought I’d create my list of absolute essentials to get any writer through winter and/or illness.

I’m what some people would call a ‘mard-arse’ when it comes to cold.  I’m always cold, even when people around me are sweating.  I hate winter, and in my wildest dreams, I’d have a holiday home somewhere hot to escape to during the British winter.  But, I don’t, so I have to suck it up and get through it somehow.

I have all of these items, and I firmly believe that I could not survive winter without them, and I most certainly wouldn’t get any writing done.  Some writers have a lucky talisman – these are mine.

  • Hot water bottle – I can’t live without my hot water bottle.  Well, it isn’t actually mine.  I broke mine by filling it with boiling water, so I’ve pinched my 4 year old’s.  It’s a giraffe called George, and can be found stuffed up my top during the day, or under my feet at night.  When I’m writing at my desk, I swap it between my lap and my feet.
  • A good blanket – By ‘good’, I mean not itchy, not too thick and not made of any fluffy, ‘artificial’ fabric.  My favourite is a 100% wool, multi-coloured blanket I found on Amazon.  It’s large enough to wrap around me, but not too large to be cumbersome.
  • A favourite mug – I don’t know about you, but when I’m writing I drink copious amounts of coffee and green tea.  I have a couple of favourite mugs, that nobody else is allowed to use…  And this brings me to my next tip…
  • Drink lots of hot fluids – I find that when I have a cold or flu, drinking anything hot helps – it soothes my throat and clears my sinuses.  I tend to drink coffee during the day, then at around 4pm I switch to flavoured green tea.  If I’m feeling really poorly, I’ll have a Lemsip in bed before I go to sleep.  So stock up on all of your favourite hot drinks.
  • A warm cardigan/jumper – It’s obvious really… Wrap up and feel warmer.  It’s no genius tip, but an important one.  A scarf can also come in handy.  As a parent, I find wearing a long scarf comes in handy in a variety of ways.  My kids use mine as a comfort blanket, nose wiper, mouth wiper, hand wiper… mostly to wipe things.  They also come in handy if you spill coffee on your papers/laptop and there isn’t a tea towel in sight… Just me then..?
Stock up on the essentials, and make writing in winter a little bit more bearable.  I hope every writer out there has a warm, cosy and productive winter.


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