Changing weather is a useful technique used over and again by writers of fiction, poetry and films. It can convey atmosphere, increasing or decreasing dramatic tension, signal turning points in the story and hint at the inner world of a character. Today’s #FlashPIC is Sky on Fire.
This is a writing prompt from the Writers’ BLOCKbusters series.
This is a brainstorming exercise. Consider each of the following, one at a time, and write a list of what this photograph suggests to you:-
Weather, climate or environmental conditions;
Atmosphere, the external feelings that come from the environment;
Mood, the feeling this Sky on Fire creates in the reader;
Man-made actions that could create a sky like this;
A person’s instinctive actions and words, suggested by this #FlashPIC – thoughtful, considered, impulsive and rash;
A character’s deeper emotions and motivations, hidden to others and perhaps unknown to the person himself – key in suggesting a conflicted character.
Can you make connections between items on your different lists, what do they suggest to you?
© ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’ by Sandra Danby
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