How’s the weather in your book?

Snowmageddon. The big chill. Artic freeze. Whatever you call it, it’s frickin’ cold. And that gets me a wonderin’…how do you use weather in your writing.

Authors have been using weather as a large part, even as one of the main “characters”, in fiction for a long time. The Wizard of Oz could have never happened without the twister. Same can be said for the movie Twister. More recently, how about The Day After Tomorrow movie and then there are all the Katrina novels: Storm Surge, Tubby Meets Katrina, and The Tin Roof Blowdown just to name a few.

With the ginormous artic train that’s run smack into most of the country stopping everything from school for the past three days in Dallas (Please, oh please let school be open tomorrow! The kids are about to take over the house!) to planes, trains and automobiles, keeping us from getting home or getting out of the house, weather is that one force in our lives that can’t be controlled, no matter how hard we try. Under the right conditions, aka a blizzard, a tornado, or a hurricane, the weather can ramp up the suspense, the thrills and action to make even the mundane, everyday chores seem like life threatening events.

So, like momma always said, never underestimate the weather. Especially in your writing. So whether you are facing snowmageddon, the big chill or an arctic freeze, if you go outside this week, don’t forget your mittens. Or if you’re staying inside, get to work on your next chapter. There’s nothing going on outside anyway.


Mark Fadden is a freelance writer and award-winning author of Five Days in Dallas and The Brink. Send him an email at  

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