I decided to write this post because I am lazy when it's warm out, today it is warm out; therefore, today I am (inexcusably and irrefutably) lazy. That was a syllogism. I think. I was attempting to be Aristotelian. Anyway, I'm so sleepy and relaxed that all I want to do is lie on the floor and maybe watch the ceiling fan twirl, so I figured I should at least do something, and our Round Robin's topic was begging to be answered.
Topic: Have you noticed how weather is used in writing? How have you used weather in your writing? Drama? Mood? Revelation?
*this was a really cute weather quote I found. It made me want to write a cute rainy scene!
In truth, I kind of balked when I read this question. I'd never really thought about the weather in my books; maybe that's enough of an answer in itself.
I've often used weather, or, seasons in weather's broader form, to show the passage of time. In The Christmas Lights, the coming of winter is a warning for Louis to get his adventurous and sincere-hearted butt back home to America because his engagement is about to expire. In Monet Evanesce (a novel about Polish art forgers in Geneva, Switzerland hopefully coming out next year), weather plays a stronger role: downpour inconveniences characters and adds an air of desperation to conversations held at rural airplane runways; ice and snow keep forgers inside just as a Parisian spring makes them itchy to leave their apartment and explore the warmness outside.
Now that I think of it, I'd love to say that I've used the weather as a grand metaphor or wove a scene around a lightening storm--but I haven't. Shubiao's Girls, a soon-to-be-published paranormal novel, takes place during a crisp autumn, which I guess helps add spookiness to all the ghoulish things going on: freaky things take place around Halloween, and we equate fallen leaves and colder nights with Halloween. It would've been harder for me to push the ooky spooky factor if it was the blazing middle of July, for example.
In Serpents and Flame (wow, I'm naming a lot of projects that are signed but not out yet. Sorry 'bout that), some of the weather is manipulated by ancient enchantresses or even the gods themselves. Huh. Now I'm thinking maybe I should monkey around with the weather in my stories now--I guess maybe I haven't. I think I've kept the weather pretty realistic and natural for the places I'm writing about (I do research this, folks) because if--say I'm writing a story about pirates and there's a duel between two of them on a starlit shore in Haiti--if they were fighting, and the wind howled through the palms, wind lashed rain across their faces, nearly blinding them, and lightning crackled across the horizon, mimicking the sparks flashing off their dancing blades as they connected stroke and stroke again in a glorious dance of death: parry--feint--crash!...maybe it would be a bit of dramatic overkill? That, or it'd be a killer scene. I don't know.
When my next book comes, I'll decide. ;3
See how these author authors feel about literary weather!
Dr. Bob Rich