Thursday, February 14, 2008

Weather Woes in Works

I recently read "In the Bleak Midwinter" where the unusually cold and snowy winter weather was as much of a character as any person. How have you used weather as a character?

4 comments:

paul lamb said...

I've tinkered with using the heat of an Ozark August as a sort of presence in my latest Finnegan novel, but it doesn't serve much purpose in the plot, and I'm afraid it will get out of due proportion.

Lorraine_Bartlett said...

I've used weather to help set the emotional tone of a scene. When you set your books in winter in bleak Buffalo, the weather does become a big part of the overall story. (The next book, Dead In Red, is set in June, and a storm over Lake Erie becomes part of the emotional push to a certain scene.)

Ruth D~ said...

The weather as a character? Hmmm . . .I don't know. Does it count that I talk to the weather when I wake in the night? "Come on blizzard! How 'bout a 'no school' day tomorrow?"

Rick Bylina said...

Ruth...That's not a character. That's every schoolchild's nighttime prayer.

I use the weather, but ya know, it's hard to figure out how many ways to indicate that lightning is going to strike without it being a bit clicheish.