[Write on Wednesday] Weather Or Not

Since everyone in my orbit is talking about it anyway, let’s write about the weather!

Icy Red Maple 1

The Prompt

Write a story in an environment where the weather is so extreme that it shapes everything: actions, metaphors, hopes & dreams…


  • As with every story, you should probably start with a character who wants something, but can’t have it…yet. The obstacle to their dreams doesn’t have to be weather-related, but everything else about the environment should be soaked in it.
  • You could write about an alpine community, snowed in for the winter. Or you could write about a bush community in high summer in Australia, coping with the kind of heat that has weather reporters searching the Pantone index for new colors.
  • Think about how language reflects reality, especially in static communities. If you’re from a seaside town, your metaphors tend to include fish and gales, and you use onomatopoeic words like ‘blustery’. What will your local residents sound like?
  • Consider having an outsider come in to the community either as your protagonist or their foil, to act as the reader’s avatar as we meet this new community.
  • This is a short story, and if you’re going to Write On Wednesday, its probably going to be a short-short story, so limit your cast. One or two people, one or two settings.
  • What important moment will act as the fulcrum in your story, the thing everything turns on?
  • What will change? Or not change?

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