How a good storm can shake up your writing and introduce new threads and plots

Us writers are always on the look out for something that will make something happen in their writing, something that makes a significant change to what is happening, or the who, what, why, where and how.

What better way that to have a good old fashioned dark stormy night where strangers abound, people get blown off course and arrive or depart the scene. Something or someone gets washed up on the beach, or in the storm, the big oak tree is blown down to reveal where granny kept her diamonds that everyone is killing each other to get hold of.

Sounds like a good plot shaker upper i’d say. And how does this storm impact on what has happened so far? Maybe it is the catalyst to make two people fall in love, or fall out of love, what secrets lie behind the wooden panel sprung open when the branch crashed through the lounge window just as the port was being passed around?

Who knows? well the story that’s what/who and it is our job, as writers and story tellers to extract very last morsel from it and make the story zing.

So, next time you are thinking, “what happens now” maybe a right raging storm is what you need…….


About purpleandrew

Andrew, recently diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome is a 54 year old former geologist always had short hair, suited & booted for work. That all changed when the credit crunch hit. Now a complimentary therapist, hospital radio presenter, and writer. Andrew writes crime thrillers, Young Adult, and fantasy books as well as blogging about writing and other stuff that he feels strongly about.
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4 Responses to How a good storm can shake up your writing and introduce new threads and plots

  1. I always think we are hugely affected by the weather in all aspects of life – and it can always add a dimension to storytelling.
    In Scotland all scenes are while raining or waiting to rain 🙂

  2. weather can be a fun factor in fiction and a big influence on mood, action, and character decisions in a way that doesn’t have to be obvious or cliche. Such a fun post!!!

  3. Your hint just hit me in the right Moment – I was at a dead point in my novel, and after reading your entry, a storm helped me a lot to get on again. Thank you! Dieter (aka Viktor Glass)

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