Friday, April 30, 2010

Writing and the Weather

Last night we were treated to a spectacular display of nature. A powerful thunderstorm rolled into town and for nearly three hours, we watched the flashes of lightning, listened to the powerful thunderclaps (some so big that they shook the house), and savored the sweet smell of falling rain. It was awesome and for me, the perfect atmosphere in which to write. I managed to churn out over 1,000 words.

I'm one of those people who gets more creative the grayer it is outside. I know, I know, it doesn't make any sense, but that's just how God made me, I guess. I love cool, rainy days with lots of clouds. I turn on my music, plug in my laptop, snuggle underneath a blanket, and get to work. I'm much more productive on those types of days.

On the other hand, bright, hot, sunny days see a drop in my productivity. I've blogged about my intense dislike of heat many, many, many times. And unfortunately, we are predicted to have above normal temperatures this summer. This does not make me happy. However, I shall survive thanks to air conditioning, and hopefully, I can train myself to be more productive despite the heat.

Are you more productive according to the weather outside?


  1. I like the gray days, too. And winter, when the weather is so conducive to being indoors. Here on the east coast, they're predicting temps near 90 degrees tomorrow, possibly breaking the record. I really hope this is NOT a trend for the summer :/

  2. I am afraid we are in for a VERY hot summer, Joanne. I plan to adjust my wardrobe according - lightweight dresses and sandals!

  3. I just hope we have a summer. Last year we had a brilliant spring and that was about it. I don't like too much heat though as that can be so draining.

    That thunderstorm sounds fantastic. There's nothing like a really good storm. Well done on the word count too.

  4. I love a good storm too! I enjoy the hot weather more now that I have air conditioning, I must confess!

  5. I know a lot of writers whose productivity goes up when it's raining...this may be why Oregon is stuffed with writers!

    I miss big thunderstorms. For all the rain we get here, we almost never have thunder/lightning. I like drama with my wet weather.


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