Everyone understands a weather forecast! Most of us have an app on our phone and refer to it daily.
Ever feel like a writing forecast might come in handy to explain your writing plans or frame of mind?
Imagine the convenience for those living with you! Your writing agenda is posted for the day, available to all your friends and family! Now that’s an app!
( I often tweet my writing forecast for the day. )
Here’s a few familiar terms that will come in handy and convey your present State of Writing.
Barometric pressure: The stress a writer feels from self or others to complete a task, be it revisions, edits, blogging, social media engagement, book signings, or producing another best seller.
Blustery: Writing accompanied by swearing and ranting. Dangerous. Stay away from writer.
Breezy: Words are flowing. Interruptions OK.
Calm: Author achieves Zen-like state while writing. Will emerge fresh and renewed.
Cloudy: Writer unsure how a scene will play out on the page—or once written, they don’t know if it “works.” May need to talk it out with any available person until light of understanding breaks through.
Cyclone: Writer attempting to do many things fast. Very dangerous. Approach writer with extreme caution.
Dense fog: Writer stymied with plotting problem and/or character issue.
Drizzle: Meager word count and/or little revising accomplished.
Drought: Ideas? What ideas? I got nothin’!
Fog: Writer confused with some aspect of Facebook, Twitter, and/or website “issues.” Often techno and/or coding trouble related.
Front: Pretending to feel something or be something contrary to their authentic self. For example, feigning hope instead of dread when waiting to hear back from a beta reader/reviewer/agent. Affecting an extrovert’s banter at a writers conference when you’re a hide-in-a-cave introvert.
Frost: Writer pissed off over some comment or tweet causing unwarranted contemplation.. Approaching writer with compassion will allow them to warm up again.
Gusts: Intense but brief bursts of writing. Usually accomplished between household chores.
Hard Freeze: Writer’s response to a troller, nasty/weird comment or message, or unfavorable review. Non-engagement stops icy comebacks cold.
Haze: Writer unable to see work in progress clearly due to doubt dew and anxiety particles.
Heatwave: Writer is on fire with with words and ideas.
Jet stream: Writer on a roll! Winds of words will bring new writing conditions.
La Niña: Associated with high stress and raining words.
Lightning: A bolt of energy, ideas, or inspiration usually followed by word rains.
Mist: Writing while crying. Sorrow-filled scenes are the most common reason for misty conditions.
Overcast: General feeling of malaise brought on by many disheartening factors. Many writers will write through this, others wait for fairer conditions.
Partly sunny/cloudy: The day will involve both writing and non-writing tasks.
Pollutant: Some comment, information, task, or person that spoils your breath of fresh writing air.
Rain and any variant of ( downpour, sprinkles, shower ): Any task, thing, or idea that falls upon you. It can rain words ( good ) or problems ( typical ) or chores ( ugh ).
Saturation: Writer will no longer write one more sentence, edit one more page, revise one more thing!!! Period!! They’ve had enough for today!!
Squall: Sudden crying jag over something really stupid. Approach writer with hugs and chocolate.
Storm warning: Angst and issues begin forming, and clouds of doubt gather overhead. May or may not pass depending on winds of successful writing that day.
Sunny: Writer feels FABULOUS about self and current work in progress.
Temperature: Writers often experience mercurial highs and lows. Approach writer during moderate temperatures.
Tornado: Writer goes over and over and over a passage multiple times. Lifting lines up only to set them somewhere else. Total devastation of chapter is often the result. Best for friends/family to seek cover until tornado passes.
What’s YOUR writing forecast today!
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