It may be cliché now, but when the words were first written they were brilliant. Because of that brilliance, they've been overused, but the fact remains, using weather in out stories is a powerful tool.
I sometimes use weather as an event to bring about a turning point, as a way to set the mood or tone of the story, or as symbolism to reflect how a character thinks or feels about something in my story.
Weather as an Event – My favorite example of this in fiction is the storm that strands two unlikely people and forces them into a circumstance they would never allow otherwise. This is a fun trope to use in writing that can have all kinds of implications. Soap Operas are notorious for this trope.
Weather as background to set the mood or tone – I have often used rain to express sadness or melancholy, or a bright sunny day to set a happy, lighthearted tone.
Weather as symbolism – This is my favorite way to use weather. In one of my stories, I used sea storms to symbolize the conflict that raged within a certain character. The rain, wind and tossing waves represented the heroine's grief and guilt and mirrored her own inner turmoil.
How do you use the weather in your stories? Or if you are a reader how do you like to see it used?
Casea Major is a writer, philosopher and part-time sexual adventurer (at least in her own mind). She loves exploring limits and unleashing her imagination to create worlds of pleasure...and pain.
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