You know what a Fair Weather Writers are, don’t you? They’re those people who can only write when all circumstances are right.
I honestly don’t know any, (hand in the air) but I’ve read about them. They’re the writers who can only get words on paper when
- There’s no one else in the house.
- When the muse knocks three times.
- During the rain.
- When the sun’s shining.
- Only on weekdays.
- Only on weekends.
- Only after the house work’s finished.
- Or the laundry.
- When the kids are in bed.
- With their pets are in their laps.
- (Name your own poison.)
Okay, I’ll admit it. (Hangs head.) I’m a Fair Weather Writer. (Sorta.) My personal thing is I can only write in the morning, maybe until noon. But when the day starts winding down, so does my brainpower. (That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.) I blame it on my internal clock.
Maybe you aren’t a FWW. You could be an ALL Weather Writer. That’s a writer who can write anytime, day or night–it doesn’t matter who’s around or what’s going on, who’s waiting or what anyone expects.
When they’re on a story, they’re writing.
Louis L’amour said he could write in the middle of Time Square. Just give him a typewriter and stand back.
Marilyn Pappano can write all day and all night and start over again. And what she writes works!
I roomed at a writers’ retreat once with a woman who went directly to her computer and wrote each time we had a break. She was a great influence on me, and I started writing each time she did. And sometimes before she did.
Maybe I should just move in with her. 🙂
I’d give my eyeteeth to be an AWW, but I’ve tried. I can do a little in the evening (like now) but mostly, pfft. And what I do write late in the day takes a lot of fixing the next morning. Sigh. (Five fixes so far this morning.)
So . . . how about you? FWW or AWW? Do you know?