Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Bad weather equals good writing?

The weather here in central Illinois is nasty -- bitterly cold and snowy with wind gusts of more than 50 mph.

So what do I do? I hunker down in front of the computer screen for five-plus hours and bang out more than 2,000 words on my work-in-progress (hereafter referred to as WIP).

I would have done more, but my hands are aching. Seriously.

Now usually I'm good for between 500 and 750 words per day. I tend to spend the first hour or two editing and revising what I've written the day before. Then, once I am fully immersed in the story, I plunge forward.

It's going to take more than an hour tomorrow to wade through what I got down today.

How do you handle the bad weather?


  1. Hey Terry. I can completely identify with the bitter, sweetness of it all. Living in the northern most part of Illinois, or as I call it the snow belt or the Arctic Tundra, all there is to do is write.
    My dog only gets one walk a day now as opposed to three when it's nice out.
    I have cranked out about a thousand words today myself, but now I have to take my daughter to the orthodontist, so my writing day is ending.
    This is great! Happy Writing Terry!

  2. Hey Terry, I just found your blog via the Peoria Pundit. Good luck with the writing and the books. If you get too frustrated you can always publish them yourself via publishing sites like Lulu. How do I deal with the bad weather? The same way I deal with the good weather and everything in between: Beer.