Wednesday, November 9

All Rained Out?

When I was a kid I was petrified of storms. I think it has (mostly) to do with being raised on the Plains of the Mid-West where thunderstorms could develop in a matter of minutes, where lightning seemed to fork down directly at you from the heavens and where tornadoes were a regular course of events. I was raised in a Victorian house, on a farm, no other people around for miles. Snow? Give it to me. Misty rain in the mornings? Loved it. A big storm? You'd find me cowering under the covers, praying for it to be over.

But as I've grown up, I've developed a certain love for those old storms. Yeah, they still give me the willies, but not more than I can handle. I even like writing when it's stormy - stormy, mind you, not just rainy. Just rainy days make me tired and woozy and...that is not conducive to good writing. When storms pop in the Great North, and since we live on a lake, the summers can be quite stormy, you'll find me with my laptop (unplugged, of course, I'm not crazy!) or iPad on my lap, curled into my favorite chair so that I can look out the window from time to time...creating what I hope are some great scenes.

I've found that storm-writing can be great for those emotional scenes - the ones where the Hero or Heroine have a lot to lose by opening up? Yep, give me a thunderstorm and I'll make myself cry.

Are you a weather writer? What kind of weather is your best ally?

15 comments:

  1. My favorite time to write is an early misty morning or a cloudy afternoon:) Nice to 'meet' you! Just discovered you through Jen's interview!

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  2. I'm not a morning person - good weather or bad, CQG...afternoons and evenings - sometimes even overnight! - are my best writing times. Nice to meet you, too!

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  3. I like those "early misty mornings", but storms do bring out a voice I can't always find. Nice post, Kristi.

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  4. Love writing while it rains. But then, if I'm really into the story I'll write no matter what it's doing outside. However, I do get distracted if it's a nice day and a breeze is blowing through.

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  5. I'm a morning writer--early, early morning, rain or shine. Lately though, I haven't been writing at all.

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  6. Great post Kristi! :)
    I like to write at night...
    Neecy

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  7. I'm a morning writer. I can try and write at night but when I look at it the next day I wonder what was I thinking? lol

    As for rain...bring it on. It not only makes the emotions on a scene more intense, but if I'm not writing, it makes the desire to read out of control. Nothing like being curled up on the sofa with a good book or my laptop when it's raining. Just like it is here this morning. LOVE IT!

    Nice post Kristi!

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  8. I'm a night writer because I work during the day, but when I'm off (like today, sick kid), I find I love writing in the morning. I'm less tired and stress from the day then.

    But as for weather... Give me a hot, sunny day out on my deck and I'll churn out a 1000 words every 90 minutes.

    Great blog!

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  9. I'm an early morning writer. Give me an OJ, then some hot coffee and I'm off. If it's cold and rainy outside, all the better. That doesn't happen a lot in Arizona, so I've had to adapt. :-)

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  10. I find storms too fascinating to get anything productive done. We don't get a lot of extreme weather in the PNW--so when it happens, it's a spectacle.

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  11. I can always write when it's rainy. It's nice weather I have a problem with. I like to write in the early evenings or mid-morning.

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  12. We lived in Oklahoma when I was little and you know the rep for tornadoes out there. My mom swears one sucked all the water out of the swimming pool across the street from our place, but my dad always said she was imagining it.

    I used to be afraid of storms when I was little, but now I love them. We're in a good spot where tornadoes don't bother us, though we get pretty good wind bursts at times. I love when it rains and storms at night, good sleeping weather. Glad you got over the fear of storms!

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  13. Love storms to write in. I like snowstorms, when it's warm inside the best.

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  15. Thanks, everyone, for stopping by today. I wasn't able to be as 'present' as I usually am on my blogging days but it's been fascinating reading about your weather/stormy story issues. :)

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