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This month has been an ongoing celebration of our fellow writers’ accomplishments. Today let’s accomplish something of our own by flexing our fingers and sitting down at the keyboard to write something fresh.
In honor of Tropical Depression Bill, which has been dumping insane amounts of rain across the U.S., how about a prompt on weather?
Weather can actually play a pretty significatnt role in a story. It can set the mood of a single scene, or shape the entire plot. Weather can grow crops, or destroy them, it can fill sails or sink ships, destroy homes, and flood streets. Its temperature extremes are sometimes deadly. Long periods of unchanging weather can affect the mental states of those subject to its effects.
My book series is set in a medieval era, so the weather is hard to ignore; its benevolence is crucial to my characters’ survival. For those on the road, it can make the difference between an easy-going, pleasant journey or an uncomfortable, and even dangerous one. Bad weather has the power to completely destroy a largely agrarian society, bringing about starvation and sickness. In a time before radar and weather apps, sudden changes in weather would no doubt have been mysterious and alarming to the average person.
Personally, I am terrified of storms. So when I was writing Journey to Aviad, it seemed only natural to give my villain the ability to control weather and use it as a weapon against his victims. I used my own fears about weather to help me build tension and suspense in my book.
How do you treat weather in your own writing? Do you largely ignore it as your story progresses, or do you make it an integral part of what is going on in your characters’ daily lives?
So here is the prompt:
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