The weather not only impacts the characters of the writer’s imagination but it also has an impact on the writer.
Cover of Rainy Day
It’s around 11:30 AM in Pittsburgh. The sunny hot days have past and now today will be a rainy hot day.
A few minutes ago I was stretched out on the sofa with a couple of pillows under my head trying to figure out what to write about. Outside, it was raining. I stared up at the flickering incandescent light that I cannot afford to replace and I listened to the rain.
Now I sit at the workstation and it is still raining.
I know not to phone my mother on a rainy day. I can hear her now. “I don’t do any work when the Lord is doing His work.”
For my mother, who is 91 years old, talking on the phone while it’s raining is in someway disrespectful to God.
I understand exactly where she is coming from. I know when I write a short story I often mention the weather even if the story takes place inside. Because weather is a wonderful tool for a writer to indicate or to establish or to emphasize something about what is going on in the story and maybe how the characters feel about it and it also can help form how the reader feels about it.
And the weather, whether it is fictional weather or real weather, affects the writer, like the rain is affecting me now.
So, just remember when you write your next short story or even when you write a letter and you mention the weather, the weather is always more than just the weather.
Here’s a flash fiction you may enjoy: Girls Gone Wild.