Some of the most wonderful features of life we can easily stop noticing, and yet they're so important and helpful to writers.
So here's a simple tip which will always help to provide the perfect backdrop to writing -
If you're in the fortunate position of having a study in your home, and you've got the option, go for the attic or highest room. And even better, get yourself a skylight.
It may cost some money, but it'll pay you back a thousand times and more in the joyful currency of inspiration.
Why? Well, look at this, the view from my study this morning -
I've always thought the elements are a great inspiration for a scribbler.
Today, I had the uplifting accompaniment of the autumn sunshine. But whatever the weather, it always helps the creativity.
Drumming rain is a lovely beat to work along to. The creeping darkness feels mysterious, ideal for a crime writer. Starlight infuses romance, (on the rare and faltering occasions I actually attempt to write any.)
But my favourite weather to write along with is a windy day.
The sounds of the whipping air, the rattling of the roof tiles, the buffetting of the trees - they can't help but pour feelings into your work.
The elements are a simple and easily overlooked ally for a writer, but well worth embracing, and as closely as you can.