Let it rain!

August 23, 2017

 

It’s raining.  It’s been raining for most of the summer.  May was okay and there were some dry spells in July but mostly it’s been raining.  I know this sounds like a whinge, a complaint about something unavoidable and I suppose it is.  But the rain has also had a positive effect on my writing.

Last summer was a good one in terms of weather.  I spent a lot of time away in the campervan in Northumberland and also managed to do quite a bit of walking in Cumbria but I didn’t get much writing done.  I wanted to be out in the sunshine and, when autumn arrived, I had to go back to my ‘other’ job and earn some money.

I expected this summer to be similar.  It was with a heavy heart that I committed to marking GCSE exams all through June because I felt I’d be missing out on the best of the weather.  Wrong.  It rained for a large chunk of June.  I didn’t get any writing done but I didn’t feel like I was missing out on walking as everywhere was so wet.

July brought a sense of freedom.  Exams marked, I was ready to hit the hills.  Wrong again.  There were some good days but they were fewer and further between as the month progressed and I found that most of the walking I managed was with the dog either through the local woods or down by the ever-swelling river.

And as for August…just have a look at the photograph of my garden taken a few days ago.

So I’ve been writing.  I started a new novel in May, took June off to do the marking and got back to it in July.  Yesterday I glanced at the word count and I’d written 43,000 words – 30,000 of them in the last six weeks.  I was hoping to finish a first draft by the end of the year but now I think it might be done by November.  I can’t remember a time when I’ve been so disciplined and consistent with my writing. All thanks to the weather.

I’ve just looked out of the window and it’s brightening up – better get the dog out before the next deluge!

 

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