This past weekend the weather was awful. It rained all day Saturday and there were thunderstorms and tornadoes. Throughout the day I heard from many of my friends who were experiencing the same kind of weather in different parts of the Southeast.
Some people were keeping up with the storms on a TV weather forecasting channel. In other words, they “hunkered down” to ride out the storms. Some folks re-arranged their days in order to work around the predicted times of severe weather; others just went about their regularly scheduled day, while some treated it almost like a snow day and stayed inside altogether.
I thought it was very interesting that there were many diverse reactions to the same weather. It made me think about how differently we all approach life and how it is reflected in our writing. Our reactions to things like severe weather are often indicative of our perspective on life and writing. Do you “hunker down” to ride out the storms of life? Do you just stop writing when you run into a problem until the problem is resolved? Do you assess the situation and try to make adjustments? Do you do what you need to while still considering that there may be a bumpy ride? In other words, when you write your way into a dilemma, do you try to work it out even if the process is unpleasant? (Like when your writing partner wants to cut an entire scene out!) Or do you just go on with whatever you have planned and hope for the best?