From the Editor:
Weather or Not
By Lazette Gifford
© 2007, Lazette
I've been told that spring is just
around the corner, but you wouldn't know it from my part of the world.
We've had more snow in the last week than we've had in years, and though
not anything near what some people received in the Eastern United
States, it's still been quite enough to slow us down.
For me, though, weather like this
brings me odd thoughts about writing. I'm fascinated by weather,
and I've written many stories in which weather of one type or another
plays an important role. I've even written an article for Vision
Ordinary Days .
We all have our secret (and not so
secret) fascinations that work into our stories. They might be
gardening, book collecting, mountain climbing, or weather -- and that's
good. Those interests are part of what makes us individuals, and why we
don't all write exactly the same stories.
Find what interests you and don't be
afraid to use it (in moderation) in your own work. It's part of
the 'write what you know' philosophy. Not only should you write
what you know, you should write what fascinates you, and what you love.
Dare to put your personal interests into your work, because if you
don't, you run the risk of leaving out the things that will make you
passionate, and the things that will help to make your world 'real' for
Keep writing fun.