Monday, September 23, 2019

Writing During a Hurricane

Hurricane Dorian visited the Low Country of South Carolina recently. Our area was spared most of the devastating winds and rain the Bahamas and other areas experienced. Weather forecasters alerted us to the possibility of what was to come. Mount Pleasant SC and surrounding areas did not escape the hurricane, but we had less damage than other places.

Heavy downpours of rain and strong winds began covering our city as the hurricane entered as a Category 2 and turned quickly to Category 3. We were thankful when the storm left and cleanup could begin. When the sky was clear, wind and rain had ceased, we felt safe to venture outside to see the aftermath of the storm.

The electricity in our home flickered on and off. Flashlights were ready with new batteries. Provisions were already waiting in the pantry. Water, crackers, peanut butter, cookies and various hurricane essential items.

This storm brought opportunity to pause and write a few blog posts. House cleaning could wait. Laundry could wait. The television and radio were turned off. A good time for writing. If the power turned off and I couldn't use the computer, there was always paper and pen for jotting my thoughts.

I began typing words via the computer. Listening to the wind howling, I wondered if sitting near the window and the computer was a good idea. Paper and pen was the better choice. Turning off the computer, I located one of my favorite pens and a journal.

Ideas rushed into my mind. Stories about hurricanes, preparations for storms, safety of people and animals and ideas of what to do if the power turns off all jumped into my thoughts.

Telling myself, "I can do this. I can write during a hurricane." Boosting my confidence while positioning my chair and supplies away from windows, I was ready to write.

One lesson I learned about writing during a hurricane is that writers can find ideas for stories in any situation, even hurricanes. The longer I sat with pen and paper, the more excited I became over the story lines running through my mind.

From my personal blog posts to guest blog posts to children's stories to young adult stories to fiction and non-fiction, I was filled with story plots and twists.

I don't want another hurricane to visit the area but I am ready with pen and paper. Who knows what ideas will sprout?

Have you written any stories during a hurricane? Share what story lines entered your mind during a storm.

One lesson I learned about writing during a hurricane is that writers can find ideas for stories in any situation, even hurricanes. The longer I sat with pen and paper, the more excited I became over the story lines running through my mind. #seriouslywrite @mimionlife

Stay safe and have a blessed writing day,
Melissa Henderson


Melissa Henderson is a writer of inspirational messages through fiction, non-fiction, devotions, guest blogs, articles and more. Her first children’s book, “Licky the Lizard” was released in 2018. Some of her passions are helping in community and church. Melissa and her husband Alan moved from Virginia to South Carolina in 2017 to be near son, daughter-in-love and first grandchild. The family motto is "It’s Always A Story With The Henderson".

Website and blog : http://www.melissaghenderson.com
Amazon link to "Licky the Lizard"
Facebook : Melissa Henderson, Author
Pinterest : Melissa Henderson
Twitter : @mimionlife

22 comments:

  1. Replies
    1. Yes, we are thankful and continue to pray for those who were not safe.

      Delete
  2. I guess we all have difficult times so lessons learned in hurricanes (or hardships of many kinds) can relate to everyone. We just use what the Lord gives us to speak to others for Him!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Amen. We all have difficult times. There are always lessons to be learned during any kind of storms.

      Delete
  3. Thanks for this encouraging post, Melissa! It's tough to concentrate during life's storms sometimes. I like how you boosted your confidence and sought a safe and comfortable place where you could focus. Great advice!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Annette. Storms of all kinds will pass through our lives. I am thankful to know God is always with us.

      Delete
  4. Have never written anything during a hurricane, but have as I've faced other storms in my life. Pen and paper are "must haves" for a writer. Almost as much as having our Bible handy is.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Amen. Along with my pen and paper, my Bible is with me, too. Thanks for that reminder.

      Delete
  5. Amazing what happens to our creativity when we take time to sit and push all the other "stuff" aside.

    So glad you made it through the storm okay!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree. Our creativity can blossom when we take time to notice our surroundings. :-)

      Delete
  6. And sometimes writing itself feels like a hurricane LOL! Great inspiration, Melissa :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I had to smile when I read your comment. How true, how true!! :-)

      Delete
  7. I like that you have the presence of mind to do what you were meant to do during the storms. I usually put out fires when life hits us by surprise and don't sit down to write until I have a calm moment. This is inspiring, Melissa. Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Hi, Melissa - I had a similar experience in Florida during Dorian! I think I wrote more while waiting for Dorian to pass than I had in the preceding month!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. How interesting that our writing can be done at any time, even during a storm. :-)

      Delete
  9. When I evacuated from South Carolina last year as Hurricane Florence approached, it was an eerie experience driving on the "wrong" side of the highway. I'm thankful God gave you a sense of calm during Dorian and were able to use your time productively! Sometimes experiencing the effects of God's power in the midst of any storm can stimulate our creativity. I'm thankful for His provision and protection over you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know the feeling. The "reverse" lanes are awkward. Let's pray we don't have to deal with another hurricane.

      Delete
  10. Such encouragement, Melissa! I love finding ideas in what initially seem to feel like the most unlikely places and times.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Jessica. I love how God provides many opportunities for ideas.

      Delete
  11. I think for me to write, I need to stop, be still, and just write. Hurricane or none. Being focused and reading God's words or other inspiriting books, get my creative juices going. Another thing that seems to bubble to the top with stories is simply looking a my life. So many of us have God stories stored in us. Why not share them and bless others with God's interventions. Glad you were safe from the hurricane! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, yes. I love your statement "So many of us have God stories stored in us." Sharing can bless others and bless us, too. :-)

      Delete

We'd love to hear your thoughts! Please leave comments. We'll moderate and post them!