It’s that time of year again when colds and flus are rife. When the season of norovirus is upon us, in the ever darkening northern hemisphere, what can we do when the spirit is willing…but the flesh is weak?

A still life snapshot of self-pity (photograph by Leilanie Stewart)

A still life snapshot of self-pity (photograph by Leilanie Stewart)


1. Rest for the body is rest for your mind

It’s a bit rich of me sitting here, writing this blog post, when I should be resting my flu-ridden body – and all the while I’m telling you to rest your body to help your writing in the longer term. Nevertheless it’s true: the brain is a physical thing and if it doesn’t rest, it can’t heal. If it can’t heal then the writing suffers. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

2. Turn fevers to your advantage 

On occasion, I have taken ideas or images from fever-induced states and used them in my writing. Check out my short story, Glen Abbott and the Green Man if you don’t believe me! Of course, nightmares and sleep-deprived delirium work pretty well too…

3. Watch movies and read books in bed

After all, there’s no better way to get inspiration than to take a critical look at all those who came before us.

Happy writing… and happy resting!

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About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a writer, poet and literary blogger. Her debut poetry pamphlet, A Model Archaeologist, was launched in 2015 with Eyewear Publishing and her second collection, Chemotherapy for the Soul, was published by Fowlpox Press in 2017. She is a prize nominated poet, having been longlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize 2014, and her poetry and fiction was selected for the 'Best of the Web' Storm Cycle Anthology 2014, published by Kind of a Hurricane Press. Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert. Literary blog: Meandi Books: Bindweed Magazine:

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