That riddle prompt was hard, wasn’t it? I’m going to take the fact that no one (including me) could get a riddle-type poem together in time. Perhaps next time, eh?
We did manage to write two stories for the prose prompt though, and pretty good ones too, methinks. Check them out at the link befloe
Prompted Prose: A Scrap, a Shirt, & a Shirtless Man
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Topic of the Week: Weather
So…how about the weather this past few weeks? Two hurricanes terrorizing the south, dry lightening sparking fires in the northwest – we’ve got either hot and dry, or wet and windy to deal with, which makes the weather a rather popular topic lately.
This got me to thinking…how often do you notice the weather when you’re reading? If you’re a writer, how often do you mention it? I think it’s interesting that weather plays such an important role in not only our lives, but our daily moods and perspectives. Whether the sky is clear and sunny or gray or smoky or trying to rain or actually raining…and what type of rain it is, or whether it’s clear and breezy or clear and so hot you could fry an egg in the sand with no water to speak of for miles…all of that is so integral to how we live our lives that it’s kind of amazing when you actually think about it.
Most of us don’t, really. I mean, we mention it in passing as a way to connect with people, but we don’t often stop to think about just how influential daily weather is in our lives. So it goes for most characters as well – weather is mentioned, but only as a sort of secondary “setting the scene or mood” kind of thing. Or maybe I/we just don’t notice, like usual?
I was trying to think about the last few times I remember being very cognizant of the weather in books, and honestly, rain is the weather pattern I most remember. “It was a dark and stormy night…” is a cliche for a reason, but dark and stormy nights provide the backdrop for some of the scariest/intense scenes in fiction, I think. Mostly because rain, lightening and thunder just make everything seem more chaotic and tense.
What’s the last weather pattern you remember affecting the lives of characters in a book you’ve read? Did it contribute to any particular emotional feeling or sense as you were reading that particular section of the book?
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Prose Writing Prompt of the Week: Write a story about a weather-person who gets fan mail from an anonymous “fan” when the weather is bad, and hate mail when the weather is good. What happens when he/she finds out who the “fan” is?
Poetry Prompt of the Week: Write a poem about the weather…include at least three different types of weather patterns.
Write a 500 – 1000 word story based on the prose prompt and/or a poem using the theme of the poetry prompt, and email it/them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Poems will be posted on Saturdays, Prose on Sundays. Happy writing!