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Wordsmith’s Collective Thursday – Weather Affects Our Writing

July 9, 2020
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July has been a wet month so far here in Alberta. Walking my little rescue pup, has left us often soaked, but when we do manage to escape a thunder storm and finally catch a break in the clouds, we enjoy the sunshine to the fullest. Sammie is an enjoyable addition to my life – my step count have gone through the roof! Another good point in our writing life – bum off seat for exercise.

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The weather can affect our writing too. Sunny days draw us out into the warmth away from our usual writing spot. A patio or deck, balcony or beach or mountain retreat become our new inspiring spot. Cold weather has the opposite effect – cozy in front of a fire, huddled in blankets and fluffy socks. Whatever the weather, our writing changes ever so subtly. We may not even realize it.

Do you write more in the colder months or does creating outside in the sunshine increase your word count?

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Do your character’s situations reflect how you feel? Frustrated not to be outside in the warmth? Or happy not to have to trek through snow drifts?

Are your characters experiencing your weather or climate? Does it change how you write the scene? Or does it inspire you to accelerate their situation to extremes of weather?

With the effects of COVID19 across the world, we have either found writing to be an escape or a block on it. Maybe, we cannot find the inspiration for a narrative but our journal writing has increased. A record of our experience for future reference.

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Have you written a scene a certain way because of the weather you were experiencing at that time?  There are ways weather can be used in a narrative. It can give a mood or be symbolic, or even complicate the character’s situation.

I have currently returned to a manuscript, where the main protagonist escapes into the wild and the current storms helped set the mood. I could feel the intense foreboding, the expectation, the fear of the next thunderclap.

What weather inspired writing have you experienced in 2020 so far?

Bibliophile’s Collective Tuesday – New Books & an Interview

February 18, 2020
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I had two books delivered, to add to the never ending TBR pile  10 Days in January by Elenor Decker, which was the result of a competition entry and Eat with Us by Gina Cianfarani & Nancy Castro.

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I have already read 10 Days in December by Eleanor. It is an extraordinary story of her life, building a home in the most extreme weather conditions.

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I love all things Italy, so this cookbook was too good to not purchase! Can’t wait to try out the recipes.

Why not share the last book you purchased and why you chose it?

I did an interview last week and talked about my books and the writing group I belong to the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County (Go to 11.00 on timeline) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NWuChupY40&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3tYdwL08nFeK2SQ0a9JqTdlRBCGU2iixDXHGGjmnBZ19UxqyOw8BsNkB8

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Do you have a question about my books or my writing life? Comment below and I’ll be happy to answer.

Writing Prompt Wednesday

February 28, 2018
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Describe a walk you enjoyed.

I began walking in my short lunchtime break last year and this is a poem I wrote after one particularly enjoyable one. Yesterday was my first lunchtime walk this year, as winter’s grip is slowly easing. (Fingers crossed). My car’s display stated +2 and although the wind was initially cold as I began to walk, on my way back I could feel the warmth of the sun.

Lunchtime Repose

Buffed by the breeze
Dancing above the rippling water
Wings flutter and glide
Darting back and forth
Juicy morsels to eat on the wing
I sit enjoying the show with ease

Sunshine on my face
New leaves jiggle and flash
Branches bend
Pollen releases for some that’s sneezes
Tiny blooms appear above the grass
Bathing in the warm embrace

Opportunist waterfowl spy my bread
Stand with pleading eyes
Grateful for the crumbs given with pleasure
Brown, green and white feathered friends
For this delightful repose
Before enclosed in stale office air instead

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My photo from the walk described above, obviously not the current situation as we are still under snow!

Do you take a break from work? What do you do?

Where is your favorite walk?

 

June 29, 2016
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So I messed up and put today’s reincarnation/ghost post on Monday and Monday’s post today – duh! Apologies everyone – too many balls in the air I guess. We experienced torrential rain, hail, thunder and lightening yesterday and my workplace parking lot became a lake and the surrounding ditches and roads resembled river-like torrents.

It is quite a shock when we humans realize that with a simple turn in the weather we are impacted so drastically. We think we have ‘it’ all under control but in truth it is an illusion.

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While I watched the water depth increase I spied a tiny creature making a run from its hole in the grass into the nearby building. At least our man-made structures have some use for wildlife as well as us.

Have you experienced a flood?

How Does Emotion Affect Your Writing..?

November 17, 2014
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Emotions

In my previous post, I discussed how weather can be an element in our writing but it can also impact us emotionally and physically. In Alberta, my homeland now, the oncoming of winter is dreaded by most. We experience extreme cold, lots of snowfall and limitations on outdoor pursuits. Obviously, some people relish the opportunity to ski, snow board, sled etc. but for others it is a time of indoor pursuits and a hibernation mentality takes over.

As with many emotions, such as anger, depression or an over whelming feeling of love and happiness, they affect our prose or poetry. As writers we learn to use these emotional insights to the benefit of our craft. It gives us an idea how our characters may react to a certain situation and thus breathes life into our stories. Of course when we are in the midst of these feelings they may be too raw to even contemplate using but as with all things time heals.

When you can look back at that emotion look deeply into it and find inspiration – it will strengthen your writing – and also (hopefully) help you resolve and relish it.

How do you find your emotional state affects your writing?

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