Spring is here and summer is near and for most of us that means there will be rain. And a rainy day make for a great writing day. Not sure how?
Well, consider this:
Rain can evoke powerful memories. Think back on some time when rain derailed a special event or altered a moment into something poignant.
Remember a time when rain left you feeling joyous. Call upon those memories and let them inspire your writing today.
Consider how rain affects your mood. Does it make you feel happy? Or depressed? Warm and cozy? How do your characters feel about the rain? Does it bring them down or lift them to a place of inspiration?
Is it time for a good rainstorm? Perhaps your narrative needs the heightened drama an impending storm? Or maybe the rain will represent a moment of cleansing and renewal and release.
Think about all the images associated with a rainy day — umbrellas that pop and bloom, puddles that slush and slop, galoshes that squeak as you walk — and then attach those images to the senses. Revel in all the sights, sounds and smells of rain.
Rain is such a vital part of nature. Give thought to those parts of the world that must live without it, that thirst for it among the arid deserts and in drought-stricken regions. How no green thing can thrive and the cracked earth serves as a haven for nothing but weeds and spindly critters.
Then, think about those too-much rain cities, where the sky is forever-slate gray and all the earth is sodden thick with mud and damp. Can’t imagine such a scene? Read Ray Bradbury’s short story, “All Summer in a Day.” Infuse a little weather into your writing today for a fresh, new direction.
Kerri S. Mabee