During mankind’s comparatively short time on this planet, he has witnessed and succumb to some of the most fascinating displays of weather imaginable. Recent weather patterns have invoked severe storms across the eastern and central plains while droughts and excessive heat fade through other areas of the country. Often, the plethora of variables already present in a scene can limit the author from playing with one thing we rarely have the capability to control, and yet this aspect of a piece can influence the readers and characters indirectly or directly.
- Take a piece you’ve already written and explore how changing the weather can hinder or aid the previously established plot, emotionally or environmentally affect the characters and sway the entire story’s mood.
- Allow yourself to mentally capitalize on the success of disaster movies: design a global or national natural catastrophe. Zoom in on the trails and tribulations of one character or set of characters as they vie for survival or allow the narrator a detached view from the bowels of organizations proliferating or quelling chaos. For added fun, toss in some aliens!
- Let’s step away from the macrocosmic and take a trip into the mind of individual forced to endure a constant weather pattern. Be it Lucille the chronically depressed mortician forced into eternal sunshine or a high school cheerleader suddenly afflicted with perpetual sleet, explore—perhaps in a more serious fashion—the daily mental, physical and social implications a perpetual status would have on this character.