- "Put weather in."
~ Joseph Hansen
Weather is one of those things that I have to go back and build in during the revision stage. It's not that I don't have ANY weather in the story, but that I don't generally have enough.
Weather and natural surroundings, in the right story, have the potential to become characters in their own right. The river in Huckleberry Finn is often considered a main character. In fact, I wrote an essay in high school justifying its role as a major character. Really, what would Huck and his awesome story be without the river?!
We can use it to help our characters, to toughen their situations slightly, or to put them through hell. Whatever the role we choose, weather has a powerful part to play if we let it.
When working away on those WIPs this weekend, make sure you haven't overlooked the weather!
Have a wonderful weekend!