… but no one ever does anything about it.
The weather, that is. It’s so much a part of our every day existence that we kind of take it for granted and not give it a lot of thought, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I’ve started thinking about it a lot the last few days, mostly because our weather has been sucking big time.
It’s been raining or grey, no sun to speak of for months except for an occasional hour or two or an even more rare day of no clouds. We’ve also been unseasonably warm (60F in Western Pennsylvania at Christmas is just not normal by any stretch of the imagination). We’re down in the 30s now but still raining, and it’s really getting to me. I’m getting short tempered, I’m tired all the time, and I’m feeling stressed, burned out, and drained. Not to mention that it’s wreaking havoc on my sinuses and joints.
So, if it’s affecting me that much, why not my characters?
I started thinking about whether or not I use weather in my writing, and the answer is that I do, as part of scene setting (for instance, a blizzard, or a thunderstorm, or sleet, etc) but am I taking full advantage of how the weather affects people?
No, not really.
Should I be?
I’m not sure.
I mean, yeah, if it’s important to the plot or to help define the character or set the scene, then definitely the weather and their reaction to it should be brought into play. But a daily weather report in the novel? Probably not needed.
But yet, weather is always there, which leads me to wonder how much other day to day stuff is left out of writing?
And what can we do about it? Or should we do anything about it?
Food for thought.