What's up with the weather lately??? I swear, temperatures on the East Coast are rivaling those out West! Not only are we experiencing extreme bouts of heat, but we've been hit with some pretty harsh storms as well. don't get me wrong, I don't mind the rain or the occasional thunder storm. But hail and deadly lightening?? What is mother nature thinking?
All this crazy weather has me thinking of romance. The heat and humidity can be like a hot and steamy love scene. Thunder and Lightening is the big black moment. Hail and high winds are the conflict scenes. The calm after the storm, the resolution and rebuilding. Sunshine and rainbows of course are the happily ever after!
Okay, now that I've justified it, let's see what kind of emotions storms bring out in us. I do love the sound of the rain. And there's just something about passionate kisses in the rain (I won't lie, I've had one many moons ago and have never forgotten it!) The smell of the air before it rains and even after the storm passes.
I think experiencing different weather changes can certainly help us when putting those rich details in our writing. Even if we don't, sometimes just looking at the weather map and seeing in Arizona it's 110 degrees. I don't care that it's a dry heat....I would still be hot and miserable! :-)
But it's not all about the heat and rain. Snow can conger up memories and emotions too. Skating, skiing, snuggling by the fire with hot cocoa.
Sometimes in our writing we go through stormy periods. We get writer's block, which builds and builds until we eventually work through it. There's the decisions of what to work on next, when ideas seem to be screaming in our brains all at once. We just need to quiet the thunder and let the story of our hearts shine through - the story calling to us the most - in order for the rainbow to appear and our muses to be happy.
When our muse is happy - the story seems to write itsself.