It’s not as romantic as it sounds. In truth it’s not romantic at all. While most of the world gets to use the latest in technology as they tackle the challenges of National Novel Writers’ Month, I get to experience how novelists worked in the 18th Century. As many Connecticut cities and towns deal with Day 3 without power as a result of last weekend’s freak snow storm, I will be starting my first NaNoWriMo entry using the old tools of the trade–pen and paper by candlelight. This is not my normal method of writing. I prefer to write on my laptop, but that’s not an option.
Many writers prefer writing their first draft by hand. I’ve never done it, so I am going to get a chance to compare it against using technology. I am looking forward to it. Writing in the dark adds to the normal challenges of cranking out a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. I start tonight.
Stay tuned for updates.
Last Saturday, I wrote about which seasons are the best ones for writers and the impact of weather on productivity. At the time, I had no idea my state would get slammed with the worst October snow storm in history. There are trees and wires down everywhere. Many streets in my town are impassable. Gas is scarce and power outages are widespread. A record of nearly one million people lost power in Connecticut. It will be awhile before we dig out of this one. Believe it or not, the post about weather and seasons was planned long before I knew about this freakish storm.
We are adapting to the conditions. I did manage to read 50 pages of Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible by natural light on Sunday. We spent the evening huddled by the fire to stay warm. We heated up Ravioli on the fire and water for hot chocolate. What an adventure!
Stay tuned for more on the storm aftermath. My posts will be shorter and more infrequent for now. I was gearing up to begin my first NaNoWriMo entry, beginning tomorrow. I’m still planning to write my novel, but it won’t be on a laptop., at least not in the near future I bought a notebook today so I can start my NaNoWriMo entry in pen. It feels like olden times. I will have more to report and some unbelievable pictures of what the roads looked like soon. It was something out of a horror movie–a perfect setting for Halloween.
That’s what I get for writing about weather. I should have stuck to safe topics like story arc, characterization, and theme.