Harnessing the forces of nature to make a badarse story

Harnessing the forces of nature to make a badarse story

(Using weather and natural occurrences in your writing)

Today I’m going to provide you with tips on how you can utilize weather or other forces of nature in your story. Why? Because through years of reading and writing I gradually I connected the dots on all the ways weather can play in your story I made a mental note to share what I learned.

In fact, I felt so strongly that this was important to share when the original draft for this post was mistakenly deleted I re-typed this entire thing from scratch.

So, from me to you here are a couple ways to harness the forces of nature to make your story a little more badarse.

You can use forces of nature to:

1.)Foreshadow

Since I also went into depth with this on a previous post “5 more ways to foreshadow,”  I’ll be brief here to not sound repetitive. Basically, weather can allude to something happening in the future plot-wise symbolically or physically.

Examples:

Symbolically: A brewing storm could allude to oncoming conflict plot-wise.

Physically: A strong downpour of rain could allude to a flood in next part of your story.

2.)To act as conflict or an obstacle or plot device

 

Weather in real life can be dangerous or fatal, it can be used as a tool to hinder the progress of your characters or push them to their limits with them struggling to survive the elements.

Examples:

scenic view of snow covered landscape against sky

Conflict/Obstacle: A character might have to push past a rainstorm to reach a location all the while being pelted by freezing droplets all the way there, which may cause hypothermia or need to quit said journey.

Plot device: If a blizzard hits, forcing the characters into a crowded space, while the snowstorm whirls on and escape is looking bleak characters could open up and share “their last thoughts, regrets, or deepest secrets.”

3.)To increase tension

Weather can raise the stakes or increase the dramatic tension of a scene.

Example: Just as the hero thinks the worst of the brutal storm is over, a bolt of lightning from the storm could strike a tree leading to a forest fire to escape from. (And those fires can move surprisingly fast so lots of danger there.)

4.)To utilize as symbolism

Weather can reflect plot elements or undertones.

Examples:

 

-Short tempers and conflicts tend to flare up with heat or in the summer. So, a blazing sun or heatwave could represent: pressure, tension, stress, short tempers flare with heat, friction.

-We tend to associate spring with growth or new beginnings as things begin to bloom after a dreary cold winter. So, a scene taking place in spring could represent renewal or a fresh start.

-Wind ruffles things, it shakes leaves in trees, and can alter an environment So, the use of wind in your story could represent change or a future removal of the status quo in your story

5.)To reflect the emotional or mental state of your characters

This one is commonly used in a lot of forms of visual media, like movies, shows, or plays.

You know that one scene where the character is down in dumps and it’s starts to rain or the character has lost one an the weather gets all gloomy. Yeah that’s them using this method. This is also something heavily utilized in literature.

Examples:

Rain could represent sadness, (which is kind of a no-brainer, I mean come on, tears and water droplets.)

Gray or gloomy clouds hanging overhead could portray dread or misery.

Fog, which can be hard to see through, could represent confusion or distress at an uncertain future.

Well, that’s all I have on weather for now, if you liked this post maybe consider sharing it with a fellow writer or friend, (I mean if you want to of course, I mean no pressure). Anyway, I’ll thank you for reading and until next time! 🙂

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