You're probably wondering why in the heck I'm writing about weather. It is not because we have had lovely weather here this week, or that I'm starting to think about winter. It is not because everyone talks about the weather either.
I'm writing about weather because it's a useful tool in a book as a setting. Every novel I've written has a season. I've used summer most of the time, but I've used fall and winter, too. You can use weather as a setting or a character. For instance, the movie, The Perfect Storm, the storm is a major character that is being battled.
There are many stories where the elements are used as a force or character to fight against. In my novels, I tend to use them as settings. I think it's very important to let your reader know the season. If you the writer don't determine the season for your story you can't dress your characters in appropriate attire.
Would you want to dress your heroine in flipflops, capri's and a spaghetti strapped top in the winter? Oh, I'm sure you can think of some scenario where this could happen, but you have to have an explanation for the character to be dressed like that. Maybe, she left Florida driving across country and her car broke down.
For all of the aspiring writers out there I want you to know that weather can be used in your stories. I bet most authors use description of the seasons in one or two of their books.
Sandra K. Marshall