I’m writing this blog post during a thunderstorm. I’m thankful because we need the moisture but I wish the sun were shining. I crave sunshine. It improves my mood but not necessarily my productivity, especially when it comes to writing blog posts. Maybe if I were attempting to write a dark, dramatic scene I could channel the weather and the mood it’s creating and create something sinister or tortured. The long rumbling clashes; the short flashes of light; the sound of water spraying from passing cars; and the rippled layers of gray put me in a murdering kind of mood. Or in a fighting kind of mood. Or in a black moment kind of mood.
It seems like the perfect time to write a chapter or a scene with a malevolent feel to it. To brandish a weapon and use it. To bring down a building. To tap into my inner villain. To up the terror ante.
For the next meeting of my writing group, the Saskatchewan Romance Writers (SRW), we are posting 500 word snippets up on our private blog for critique. I chose a scene involving an attack on a thirteen-year-old boy and a teacher. At one point the villain threatens to cut off the boy’s finger. In the grand scheme of terror-induced practices it might seem pretty tame, but I cringed at the thought of including it. The thought of anything bad happening to a child makes me shudder. That’s when I knew I had to include it. Today, with the thunder and lightening clanging and flashing around me, I’m wondering if the scene is scary enough?
It’s harder to be vicious on a warm, sun-drenched day. Frankly, the advent of spring makes it hard to write period. On those coveted sunny days I want to be outside. The task of raking the lawn is preferable to sitting at my desk writing. Maybe sunshine is conducive to penning long, lazy scenes of lovemaking, or scenes filled with sassy dialogue, or recording a sudden bout of character self-discovery.
But what if you have to write a sunny scene on a rainy day? What if you’re not in the mood to write period? Here are some natural mood improving ideas: buy yourself a gift (so far so good); listen to music (check); and smell something (I picked my Deserving Thyme Soy Candle). All credible and legal ways to improve your mood. They also listed exercising, blah, blah, and not eating junk food blah, blah, as ways to improve mood. I chose the ideas I could work with.
What do you get when you cross a chicken with a pit bull?
Just the pit bull.
My rainy day playlist includes:
(Don’t Fear) The Reaper by the Blue Oyster Cult
Fallen by Evanescence
The Dark Night of the Soul by Loreena McKennitt
She’s My Kind of Rain by Tim McGraw
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door by Bob Dylan
What’s I’m working on:
Revising scene with too much internal dialogue and no actual dialogue. Actually going well :D
Critiques for fellow SRW members
What I’m snacking on:
STASH Premium Earl Grey Black Tea
What’s your mood today? Is it affecting your writing? What are you listening to or snacking on? Do you have a quick fix mood enhancer to jump start your writing process?