This weather makes me want to write …

Ah, autumn. It’s that time of year again. The days get shorter, the leaves get colorful. There’s a bite in the air and the sun gets a little kinder. It’s bittersweet, welcoming the end of summer but knowing the cold is coming.

It’s October, which means I better start narrowing down my story line for my NanoWriMo novel. Yes, I’m still editing last year’s book. It will be ready one of these days. I refuse to rush it! National Novel Writing Month, for those who don’t know, is described as “30 Days of Literary Abandon”. It’s about writing 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days. That breaks down to 1,667 words per day.


If you could write anywhere you wanted, where would that be?

= On a beach with a laptop?

= A coffeeshop in a cozy corner on a comfy chair?

= Your living room?

= In a park, lying on the grass or sitting on a bench?

My favorite place to write is a coffeeshop. Fewer distractions, wonderful smells and the perfect creative atmosphere. I keep telling Amy we need to take a weekend at the Grove Park Inn and write beside the mineral pools, and if it didn’t cost so much we’d be there in a heartbeat. We could even stay in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s old rooms – and hopefully cause just as much trouble as he did, so we could get inspiration for what to write about.

My favorite place to write during NanoWriMo? Anywhere. (Otherwise it wouldn’t get done!)


Do you prefer typing or pen and paper?


I thought about putting my current plan on hold and writing about running this year. Because I’m training for a marathon, writing a novel, and still getting the everyday stuff done. But how many more running books does the world need? What could I offer that the running community doesn’t know already?

And I thought about working on my grandmother’s memoirs as my book. But 50,000 words in 30 days and conducting all the interviews? Would be tough. Really tough. On those lines, I’m still thinking of doing a nonfiction work interviewing all of the members of my immediate family. Maybe if I’m bugging several people instead of one person, I won’t be so annoying during the month … writing a family memoir of sorts. Or I could still do the fiction angle, based on some of the stories my grandmother has told me about the crazy party days along the shores of Lake Wylie (some of this stuff is good! Especially coupled with my imagination …)

Guess I need to decide, huh?



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4 responses to “This weather makes me want to write …”

  1. Heather Avatar

    Favorite places to write? I have this really hideous, yet comfy chair that I can’t wait to be able to use for writing again! The beach is high on the list too.
    Given my druthers, I handwrite in a notebook, but I’m having to learn to just type first now that I’m doing more freelancing and deadline-juggling. Coffee shops are good for that, at least. Hooray laptop!

    I’m still waffling on NaNoWriMo. I’ve still not finished last year’s, and I want to, and with everything being so up in the air right now, I’m scared to take on any more commitments. I will, however, cheer you on!
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..My One Piece of Advice =-.

  2. Chris Avatar

    I’m with you on needing to decide! I keep forgetting November is just around the corner. I’m not sure exactly what I’m going to write about. Possibly fiction… maybe ‘inside the mind of an individual with ADD and OCD’ 🙂

    Looking forward to writing with you this year!
    .-= Chris´s last blog ..What an experience! =-.

  3. Melissa Avatar

    Heather, it will feel weird without you this year! And Chris, I’ll believe it when I see it, Mr. 1,600 words last year (yes, that is a challenge!)

  4. Jeffrey Avatar


    That sounds like you would be putting your blog into book form. 😉 Already read it…