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Using Weather and Storms: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
Given the passing of Storm Ophelia, I thought it would be appropriate to take some time to look at the use of weather in fiction.
Weather can be an inscrutable challenge for your characters to face. More than just being a source of atmosphere, it can impede and oppose characters as they struggle to achieve their goals. But as with so many things, it’s an area that has a lot of research behind it, and getting the details wrong can pull a reader out of the story.
To help you keep your readers’ focus, I’ve got some tips on how to incorporate the weather in your work:
1: How to Write About the Weather in Fiction – To start us off we have this article, looking at the importance of paying attention to weather in your work.
2: 5 Things only Meteorologists Know About Weather Reports – There’s a lot we only know about the weather through tv, and so it’s important to know the facts behind what the news tells us if we’re going to understand how to make the weather a living part of our story.
3: 30 Freaky Facts About the Weather – Don’t let the fact this is a kids’ site, or the lack of detail in the entries, fool you. This list is a prime source of ideas for weather-related plot points and descriptions.
4: 10 Most Common Storm Types – If you’re going to write about storms, you need to know what they’re called and how they’re different from one another. This article is a good starting point for the most common types.
5: National Hurricane Centre – Lastly, the National Hurricane Centre has plenty of information on how storms are categorised, including the various strength levels and the amount of damage each can cause.
That’s all for this week. We’d like to take this opportunity to express our condolences for the loved ones of those who lost their lives due to Storm Ophelia. Please don’t take such storms lightly; they are dangerous and are likely going to become more common in the future. Stay safe.
(c) Paul Anthony Shortt
Paul Anthony Shortt believes in magic and monsters; in ghosts and fairies, the creatures that lurk under the bed and inside the closet. The things that live in the dark, and the heroes who stand against them. Above all, he believes that stories have the power to change the world, and the most important stories are the ones which show that monsters can be beaten.
Paul's work includes the Memory Wars Trilogy and the Lady Raven Series. His short fiction has appeared in the Amazon #1 bestselling anthology, Sojourn Volume 2.