Thursday, June 16, 2011

Weather and Writing

All over the U.S. we are going through unusually high or unusually low temperatures. On the news there are stories about flooding, dangerous storms, drought, fires, and almost anything that can be imagined. All of these things usually feed the creative genius of writers. I say usually because during the conversation with other writers here the weather is affecting our writing in an adverse way.

As the drought takes hold and each day drags on with no relief in sight, it is becoming more and more depressing. We all seem to be in the same pattern. Instead of writing we are escaping into our jobs, TV, movies, and books. We've come to the conclusion it just takes too much energy to think. Even my cat doesn't want to go outside--it's just no fun anymore.

Luckily, I still find a little time to devote to writing each day, but it's not measured in hours. Short bursts of writing activity early in the morning is working for me.

How is the weather in your area? Are you finding that it is affecting your writing output?

Speaking of weather, Angela Ackerman's and Becca Puglisi's blog The Bookshelf Muse has a wonderful series on weather. They nailed drought!

http://thebookshelfmuse.blogspot.com/

9 comments:

  1. Cathie, I saw on the weather last night about your incredible heat, in addition to the drought. That you're writing—even a little bit—each day is a good sign. Stay safe.

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  2. Will do, Andrea,and you keep safe from that unpredictable spring weather up north :)

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  3. Stay safe in that weather! I'm waiting for some rain down here in Texas but it's starting to look really dry as far as the yards of our neighbors. They're all dead. It's been a little cloudy each day so hopefully it comes soon! God bless!

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  4. We're fellow Texans so you stay safe, too, Amanda.

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  5. We have the huge AZ fire here. On the first day of our trip we heard they were going to close the road we were traveling on but we got through in time. We did see tons of smoke. Luckily there's no fire near where I live but it's just plain hot!

    I hope the monsoons kick in early for us this year - Texas has monsoons too, right? If so I hope they kick in early for you too!

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  6. We've been watching the Arizona fire with concern. We're so dry one person burning trash during the burn ban in the outskirts could start one in Texas. So far those that have started have been put out. I'm wishing the same for you--a good tropical storm from the pacific could put an end to this for all of us.

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  7. I have to fight to concentrate during times of low pressure. The weather is so unsettled where I live in Wisconsin, what with the jet stream whipping around like a garter snake, alternately pulling up Gulf air one day and pulling down air from Northern Canada the next.

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  8. Anne, changes like that more than likely bring on watches and warnings during spring and fall, stay safe up there!

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  9. You've got a DROUGHT there? It's been raining non-stop here for the past several days, plus it's 16 degrees, even though it's officially summer. What a shame we couldn't do a quick trade!

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