Thursday Writing Prompt No. 96


I’ve been too busy wrapping myself in blankets to go outside and take photos of the snow, so here’s a photo from a couple of years ago for today’s inspiration. Hey, this morning it was only 10 degrees Fahrenheit and now it’s 23 degrees. How often can you say the temperature has increased 230 percent over the course of the day? Yoiks!

In honor of snow days, this week’s Thursday Writing Prompt is about using weather to create atmosphere in your writing. Specifically, snow.

Write a description of a scene that includes snow. Don’t get lazy and use words like cold, white, and fluffy to describe the landscape. Snow can actually be a variety of colors, although it’s usually caused by algae or contaminants. If you want to write science fiction, do an Internet search for colored snow, watermelon snow, green snow, or any other combination and do a bit of research.

Adding sensory detail to your scene will make it more real. Think about how it sounds when you walk on snow, or the sensation you feel when you hold snow in your hand. Really strive to describe it, and pretend you are writing for an audience that’s never experienced snow. Don’t rely on your reader’s shared experience to fill in gaps in your narrative.

Have fun, try to stay warm, and get some writing done.