In England we are currently in the middle of a heatwave – the hottest spell for seven years. It’s been given a grade 3 by the Met office, I don’t know what exactly it means but it sounds serious 🙂 And I’ve become concerned about writers in this heat.
Working inside at home with a hot laptop is not enjoyable and if you’re like me, my motivation crawls to a halt in these temperatures. So here are my heatwave survival tips for writers:
1. Reward yourself – for every 1,000 words you write or edit, have an ice-cream. Calories don’t count if you’re hot. Fact.
2. Change your story setting – if you’re writing a dark book in winter, change it to a summer romance where everyone spends the day around a pool.
3. Wear appropriate writing clothes – writers often wear sweat pants or no trousers at all when writing but be careful of your hot laptop on bare legs, it won’t be enjoyable. I suggest putting your laptop on a table to avoid injury or using a cushion. Kim Curran (@kimcurran) has shared a tip to put your trousers in the freezer for a few hours before wearing (we do not accept responsibility for any damage to your clothes or body parts if you try this though :))
4. Be careful writing outdoors – if you take your laptop into the garden because of sun glare you might end up squinting and get wrinkles. I wear sunglasses and find it hard to see the screen clearly but this allows me to assume what I’m writing is excellent so win win.
5. Support your writer friends – the authorities warn us to keep an eye on vulnerable people so let’s all check in with each other on Twitter obv (writers don’t talk or go out) to make sure we haven’t melted like an evil witch.
Or failing this, close your laptop and lie out in the garden as it will probably be raining next week and we all need a break now and then.
Do you have any survival tips to help your fellow writers?