Saturday, April 23, 2016

Weather in Writing

I love our group blogs. It’s always fun to see what everyone has to say on the topic. And today’s topic is have you noticed how weather is used in writing? How have you used weather in your writing? Drama? Mood? Revelation?

Yes, I have noticed how weather is used in writing.  B.J. Daniels uses it in many of her books set in the mountains of Montana. Mountain storms heighten suspense and tension. Her description has you there, feeling the wind and cold rain slashing against your cheeks.  Can they survive the storm? Has it provided a barrier to catching the villain?
Others use it to heighten romance with warm breezes, full moon, gentle breezes kissing the heroine’s cheek.  Many romance authors use this in their stories. How can you not relax and slip into the mood with that beautiful moon over the water?

I use weather in some of my stories. I’m thinking I might not use them to take advantage of all they offer.  In a Cruise to Remember I use it for the mood – moon, stars’ sparkling on the ocean, soft breezes.

In Dark Moon every full moon, I had a vicious attack. Rain and wind added to the  tension, and a raincoat hid the true identity of the victim.
I think I’m going to try and use it more in future novels.

Let’s see what out other authors have to say. Follow me as I head over to Skye Taylor
Rachael Kosinski
Beverley Bateman
Connie Vines
Anne Stenhouse
Helena Fairfax
Judith Copek
Dr. Bob Rich
Victoria Chatham
Kay Sisk
Rhobin Courtright

PS: I posted this last night and went to bed. I woke up this morning thinking about my WIP and weather and realized I needed to create a storm with rain and heavy winds at the start of my book. It will emphasize the impeding murder and make the story better. Thanks Rhobin, for picking this topic. I'm busy rewriting the first chapter.


  1. Enjoyed your viewpoint. Dark Moon sounds scary.

    1. Thanks Rhobin and it is scary. I co-authored it with Stephen who writes horror.

  2. I like the sound of Dark Moon. This will be another title on my TBR list.

  3. I have used weather to influence events, but, like you, I think I've missed a lot of opportunities to set the scene with images the readers is familiar with.

    1. Hey Skye, if you go back and reread my blog - go to the bottom. You'll see I've added that I'm rewriting chapter one of Death Southern Style to include a storm for more emphasis.

  4. Dark Moon sounds a gripping an atmospheric read! I love using the weather in my stories. Maybe that's because we talk about the weather a lot in England! :)
    Great to read your view on this.

  5. Beverley, you can never go wrong with a murder in a storm! Also romance in the moonlight. I think the connotation is so ingrained in us that we can't help but melt a little if we're with someone cute and are standing by the moon trembling off the water. :)

  6. Hi Beverley, I hate wind and I'd certainly b spooked by a tropical storm, Anne Stenhouse

  7. Beverley, it seems to me your two posts belong together. You need a hurricane through your house to sweep it right out so you're ready for your move!

  8. Writing posts on these given topics always make us think a little harder about our writing, and that's a good thing!