Here is a picture of my mum before the tragedy that occurred. Actually, this was the day before she got the scan. She always had messy hair and painted her lips with crimson paint and dressed uniquely, but she was still very pretty. She was a good mum in many ways, she worked at home, painting, welcoming me home from school, encouraging me to write.
The weather determines what we wear and how we drive, influences our experience of sporting events, field trips and beach picnics, and impacts an extraordinary number of insignificant aspects of life, such as crops and airline flights.
So what does weather have to do with writing? Photo by Luba Rasine-Ortoleva Feel Nature in the Raw Unlike much other data or information you might want in your narrative, weather is one thing you cannot simply research or vicariously live. Sure, you can watch a stormchaser video or your favorite weather channel, but if your work is going to express any climatic realism at all, you need to get out there and experience it.
Ever stood in the eye of a hurricane and watched the air turn green? Kayaked out on the open ocean only to have the benevolent heavens suddenly hurl hail at you? Watched horizontal lightning rip the skies open?
Or sit on an Alpine peak watching the tops of clouds roll past you? Feel it with your entire being. Description of background and other secondary scenery? Characterization of the weather in your story?
It might be the dullest possible way to start a conversation at a party, but weather can serve as a powerful element in your writing: Weather can also serve as simple inspiration, much like music whets your muse. As a self-respecting writer, you must be able to recall the bone-chilling details of a raging snowstorm while writing your next breakout novel in a hammock in the Caribbean.
Hopefully not the other way around. Write Despite the Weather Take everything you just read in the previous section, and flip it. So uninspired are you that you drag yourself around all day, barely existing.
Or how about heat. Try having a coherent thought—nevermind well-structured writing—in ninety degrees at ninety-five percent humidity. Never fear, the literary weatherman is here! Now, you too can be your own climate generator.
Use that bottling technique I mentioned above and draw on your most powerful experiences with the elements no matter where or when you are. Like any other emotion, sentiment, or experience, make the atmospheric forces other humans take for granted an essential tool in your wordshop.
Of course, in certain instances you might need a little technological help… like a fan when the heat starts to melt your brain. I wrote about my little personal war on my web site.
Especially effective is contrast. For example, if you live in a sunny climate, you may find that those few cloudy days are actually incredibly romantic.
Make the most of them! Writing wise I mean! How does the weather change the way you write? Could your story use a little more atmosphere, a little more force of nature? See what happens when you introduce the weather to your narrative.
Or, if you feel more like spinning an entirely new tale, write a scene with the weather as the centerpiece. Let your creative brilliance rain into the comments box below by sharing your practice with the community! Birgitte Rasine Birgitte Rasine is an author, publisher, and entrepreneur.
Her published works include Tsunami: She has just finished her first novel for young readers. Definitely sign up for her entertaining eLetter "The Muse"! Or you can just become blissfully lost in her online oceaner, web site.Creative-writing departments are great, but the goal is to get out of them and publish some day.
Ondaatje does not teach full-time at a university and so is removed from the storm. Oct 10, · Congrads on being the HUB of the day, and lot of great and useful information. I defently be looking into adding more of this into my writing when I get over my writers block.
This also put a clearer understanding for Metaphors for me, since when in high school and college, the English instructors always lost me on things like ashio-midori.coms: Rook and Heat also made a cameo appearance in Richard Castle's Derrick Storm novel, Storm Front, where they interviewed Storm after he was detained by the NYPD for being in the room with a dead body.
Both Rook and Storm noted each other's rugged handsomeness. Engaging lesson on creative writing in which the students describe a storm. Includes snippets of other writing to analyse for linguistic/structural techniques used for effect and to engage a reader.
Includes interesting adjectives list and model written piece with questions for students to analyse. Jan 21, · Storm is a heavy rain, sheets of water falling from the dark skies, flooded streets. Clothes soaked, unnatural darkness of the afternoon, rain beating down flamboyant trees, sky hot silver, lightning and thunder, storm overhead, storm far off over the forest, glorious clouded sunset, unpaved paths awash with mud, sinking sun shot through layers of grey cloud, streams and rivers swollen Status: Resolved.
Oct 03, · Weather descriptions can create problems in novel writing, apparently. Too many, and the reader may lose interest. None, and the reader may find the scene setting lacking.