Thursday Writing Prompt No. 117

I took this photo in 2010 when we visited  Arches National Park in Moab, Utah.

I took this photo in 2010 when we visited Arches National Park in Moab, Utah.

It’s finally Thursday and time for this week’s writing prompt. Today I want you to think about the weather, specifically, about how it is used in writing to portray mood, show a landscape, or to give your two lovebirds reason to hang out in that old garden pavilion and avoid returning to the boring party.

Weather can be atmospheric, adding mystery and romance to the story, and no less a literary giant than Charles Dickens devoted the first page and a half of his novel Bleak House to describing the “implacable November weather” and the fog that hung everywhere.* Weather can also drive your characters’ actions or even dictate the entire plot of a novel, as in Sebastian Junger’s nonfiction book The Perfect Storm or in fictional movies such as Sharnado.

So, here’s a mighty task for you today: come up with a plot for a story based on the weather, where weather is not just central to the plot, but must drive the entire storyline. Be as serious or silly as you want; writing should always be fun even if it’s a lot of work, too.

*Charles Dickens, Bleak House (New York: Barnes and Noble, 2005), 17-18.

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