Weather to Write?

I have a question for you writers out there – how does the weather reflect in your writing?

For example if you’re writing during the winter months do you find your including holiday or Christmas scenes in your book? Or perhaps you’re writing during the summer months, do you find that you have camping in beach outings including your book?

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Does the day’s weather affect how you write; if it’s rainy and cloudy outside do you find that you dragging? You’re writing the things might have more of a gloomy feel to it as you’re putting the words down on the paper. Or, perhaps it’s a beautiful, sunny day and the words just popped onto the page and your characters are doing everything they are supposed to. The words are going smoothly and the pages are filling up.

So how does the weather mirror you not as person, but as a writer? Do you find that you’re more productive on certain types of weather days? Some people are better in the morning  or the afternoon, but what about the weather – how does that effect your writing habits – think about it.

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Does the weather effect you to the point where you actually can’t write on certain types of days?  Do you find that you do better with doing promotions and research on those days? Maybe you just put the pen and paper aside and give it all up and wait for the next rainy/sunny day that fits your mood.

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We writers are creatures of habit. We don’t like things to get in the way of our writing, but some things we can’t control, and one of them is the weather.

So, do you work with the weather or do you like the weather work against you?

The Next Block-Buster?

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A question was recently raised on one of the writing forums that I read and it caught my attention. The question was; if your book were to be made into a movie, what would it be rated? This is a legitimate question; with today’s technology, there so many other things we do in our daily life that could apply to this question, so why not books too. We lounge around, interacting with technology rather than just reading. And let’s be honest; every writer would love to see their book made into a movie!  Can you picture the name of your book up there on the theater marquee?
So, I was thinking let’s go one step further and ask: who would you have star in a movie based on your book? Who would be that perfect actor/actress to play your lead? Would it be somebody known well-known, somebody from recent movie hits? Or would you pick an old favorite like Audrey Hepburn or Betty Davis? And (sometimes even more importantly) who would play your villain?  Will it be a dark and evil  type like Vincent Price?  Or maybe your villain will take everyone by surprise and be someone clean-cut and unexpected like Neal Patrick Harris?

 

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And then there’s all the minor roles; do you get well-known stars or do you look for new talent? Whatever you do the supporting roles can be just as important as your lead and as a writer you know how you’ve developed those rules down to the minute detail. You’ve taken the time to bring your reader into your mind and create details that will stick with them, from the very first page to the end. These details will describe the story, characters, settings and the emotions of your book. How will that portray on the big screen are; are you now setting yourself up to become screenwriters stead of a novelist? These are all things that you need to think about if you ever really want to fulfill that dream of seeing your book being made into a movie.

 

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Me? I think I’m going to stick to my laptop and creating a mental escape for my readers with written words. I’ll let somebody else worry about writing a screenplay for my books!