Who doesn't love a good chat about the weather? It's a brilliant topic - easy, impersonal and every person can relate. A trite boring, perhaps, but nonetheless... a safe thing to fall back on when all else fails.
Today as I was on the road, I was watching the gray skies and thinking about how closely related weather is to mood, and, more to the point, how accurately we can describe the way we feel or someone's personality by comparing it to the weather. A meteoric metaphor matches climate with mood for a way to describe your character's psyche at any given point.
Another tool for a writer? Rather than writing about your character's mind, place your character in a scene where the atmospheric conditions match their situation. (Confused and angry mind on a stormy day.) Or, alternatively, place your character in a scene where the atmospheric conditions run exactly counter to their thoughts. (Confused and angry mind under the bright sun of a summer parade route.)
writercize: Describe your character's personality or mood using the weather as your inspiration.
Click "read more" for writercize sample response about a person who teeters between anxiety, calm and depression.writercizer sample response:
On the bad days, when her mind was fast and nervous, thoughts swirled and crashed in Elizabeth's mind, destroying all thoughts and hopes of stability with the frantic twist of a tornado. On the really bad days, when she sunk deeply into depression, her mind felt like the eighth ward just after Hurricane Katrina, hopeless with the stench of death and poverty, passed over by the outside world and the promise of a safe dwelling. Even on the good days, when she could smile and enjoy a walk in the park, Elizabeth's mind felt most like a rainbow, glowing with warm, bright reds and oranges melting into the deeper, darker blue and violet shadows, rising towards the sun, but grounded in the dripping aftermath of a heavy rain.