Friday, June 11, 2010

Today's Forecast.

Today's Forecast: WiP#3 has some sunny skies as new ideas of setting shine through the clouds. There is a storm brewing on WiP #1, ideas are pouring in. The air became unsettled as changes for my MCs occur. The first chapters are changing with a possibility of a cold front moving in.

That's right many things are happening. I said revisions are going slow but ideas are swirling. It's amazing how a few days away from revising can really put things in perspective.

Yesterday, family day took us to the beach which set off lightening bolts in the idea part of my brain. Both WiPs thundering their thoughts.

Change of scenery can cause a new brainstorm. Yesterday proved that. I've been thinking of a certain setting for WiP#3 but now that may change. Everything started to fall into place as I sat on the beach watching the ocean and feeling the breeze. It looks like that's where it may take place.

Weather has an influence on my writing too. WiP #1 takes place in the winter. So, I think that's why revisions are going slow.  My CPs are keeping the ideas going though--the brainstorming sessions are priceless. After some feedback, stuff has been flying around in my head to the point of dizziness. Plus my MCs for WiP #1 are really vocal and will not stop repeating scenes in my head. (I'm not crazy, right?).

WiP #3 didn't have a specific season but as of yesterday summer could work very well. The characters really showed themselves to me and it looked good. I think I may try and outline this one. We will see how that works out because I'm a panster.

Does weather (seasons) influence your writing?

Do your surroundings (setting) effect your writing?

Have you tried to change your appraoch to starting a WiP? (ex.if you are a panster have you tried to outline?)

Another short one. Have a great weekend!

20 comments:

  1. Weather always affects my writing. I cannot write when it's raining. I cannot write a book that is set in the winter, they all have to be set in the summer. I can't write after 11 am. I have to write first thing in the morning.
    And I think the current term they use to describe me is outpantiner. I start out pantsing and then by chapter 9 or so write a small outline to help me get to the end. Happy Weekend.

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  2. Oh yes, when I'm stuck on a scene, if I change my own scenery and take a walk, go out shopping, visit someone, and then come back to it, I can write more freely.

    Revisions always take a long time for me but that's because I hate them!

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  3. Weather has a huge impact on me! I can write during everything, but I love writing while it's raining out.

    My current WIP, the one you know, I really can't write any time but summer. It's just one more layer of connectivity, I guess.

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  4. Recently, I tried starting a new WIP by simply writing and seeing where it leads me, but soon enough I discovered there are so many things I have to consider, I should make a timeline and plan jumping between now and then and all the inbetweens...

    And yes, weather has some impact on my writing. Not always on what I write, but how I write (especially how much I write) depends on the weather.

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  5. Er, no to all three questions, but I loved your post.

    I did do the panster thing (kind of) once. I had a rough outline, but I ended up trying something else in the middle. It was a mess, and a lot of work to fix. I'll never stray far from my outline again. But in this case, I had tried to rewrite a YA fantasy novel (different era) to YA paranormal, and it was met with a lot of problems due to the shift in time period. In the end I shelved it, and will be using a subplot for a new book (which I've outlined).

    Have a great weekend, Christine.

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  6. Yes to all three. I'm most productive on rainy days and tend to stare out the windows daydreaming when the weather is sunny. Long walks in the woods help recharge my creativity more than anything else. And absolutely changes of venue spark story ideas. I significantly changed my first novel after visiting friends in the UK.

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  7. Glad your WIP got a day at the beach! Sounds like it was good for all of you!

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  8. i've tried outlining before only to realize i had no idea how to outline because i didn't know what was going to happen in the story yet! i had to WRITE the story in order to know what happens, not the other way around. lol weird how my brain works.

    have a fabulous weekend, Christine!!

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  9. The weather never really effects my writing, although I tend to get more done in the summer on rainy days over sunny ones. We don't really have a "winter" here so I'm not sure if weather effects me. Scenery does charge up my ability to brainstorm. Clutter destroys my ability to brainstorm. Strange, I also have a new WiP in progress and I am taking a huge step in a new direction. I'm not pantsing this one, and I am starting from the ground up and outlining fully. Quite different for me to actually outline.
    So glad you got to the beach and a new WiP is stirring around :) Have a wonderful weekend

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  10. Everything affects my writing! Like that photo! That photo makes me want to go for a swim. So, actually, it has affected my writing becasue now I'll probably go for a swim and not write anything!

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  11. I always find myself wanting to write a book set in whatever season it currently is. The WiP that I'm working on now is set in summer, and I'm so excited to talk about heat and beaches and all that wonderful sunshine.

    Have a great weekend!

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  12. Weather defiantely affects my writing - as in whether I actually do any or not. Funny how I never get much done during the summer :-)

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  13. This was one of the best weather reports I've seen:)The only time weather affects my writing is when it’s simply too nice outside to be inside – and since I live in Florida, this happens often.

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  14. My surroundings do influence my writing. Several of my books have been set in Idaho in areas I grew up or in Salt Lake where I live now. I've used my parents cabin, the apartment I lived in as a child, and many other things. As for seasons I tend to set my books in the fall or winter. Though, my book that comes out in July does take place in summer, so I broke the habit. I'll have to set a book in the spring. :)

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  15. YAY for your WIP and the beach! I hope you have fantastic weekend!

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  16. As a student, the seasons definitely do affect my writing, mostly in terms of holidays/school terms schedule. My mindsets change with the seaons. And the weather does affect my writing, too: My creative juice tends to flow during overcast, rainy days. :)

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  17. Definitely affects me and my work. I'm most productive in winter when I cannot get outside. But now that summer is here, I want to be out there. When the intense heat of the summer arrives and I know I can't get out, then I can work.

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  18. I'm glad to hear the ideas are swirling - always a good thing!

    I haven't noticed weather or surroundings influencing my writing, but I do prefer to work on the wip in the season in which it takes place, just because that gives me more sensory detail to include (just what do those red and gold leaves remind me of? what does a coming thunderstorm smell like, and how does the air feel?)

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  19. Weather only influences my writing in that I get migraines when a storm is brewing so I can't really stand to think. Although when it finally rains, I feel awesome again. I'm pretty good at writing whatever the weather otherwise.

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  20. Weather certainly influences my writing. As the fades away I realize how crabby I was getting and spring brings me a much brighter and happier mood which is much more convenient for romance if you want the hero and heroine to have a happy ending ;-)

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