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Everyone Talks About It…

… 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.

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Oh, It’s Lovely Weather…

Back to work for me today, after three days off.

So far I’ve been staying on track with my 1K-a-Day challenge.  I’ve been writing a thousand words every day, and when I do today’s 1K (which I’ll do before I go to bed) I’ll actually be two thousand words ahead.

Not bad, if I do say so myself, although I had wanted to be further ahead after my three days off.

(On the other hand, my three days off didn’t go exactly as planned (does anything ever go exactly as planned?) so I’ll be happy with what I’ve got.)

(Well, “happy” might be too strong of a term once it comes time to edit: this last scene was a rather maudlin info dump that’s going to take a lot of cleaning up to be usable – but that’s a worry for another time.)

It’s been really cold (single digit cold, zero degrees cold) for all three days so I’m hoping my car starts this afternoon. I suppose I should leave early enough that if it doesn’t I still have enough time to get to work after AAA comes to jump start me.

(Yes, I do live close enough to walk to work.  No, I do not want to walk home in subzero wind chills.)

Needless to say, with these kinds of temperatures my novel is currently taking place in winter, which brings me to a question.

Does weather play much of a role in your novels?  Do you take into account the seasons?

I’m going to admit that I don’t, as a rule.  Sometimes I use weather as a plot device but not all that often, really.  I mean, I’ve tossed in a hurricane or two, and an occasional thunderstorm, but usually I don’t talk about the weather.

Except for winter.

Winter has great plot potential: blizzards, white out conditions, frost bite, hypothermia, getting lost, snow, sleet, freezing rain, downed trees and branches from the weight of the snow or ice, roofs collapsing, hard to walk through deep snow, easy to fall on ice… And it’s so much easier for the good guys to be tracked if they’re in the wilderness.  Not to mention that the weather may delay them from starting out on a quest or trap them somewhere… Ah, yes, it’s lovely weather!

 

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