WEATHER AND EARTHLY PHENOMENON THESAURUS

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HELPFUL TIP:

Don’t be afraid to pair weather conditions with your setting choice to contrast or reinforce a character’s emotions. Hopelessness might be mirrored in the relentless drizzle of rain and the resulting heavy drag of one’s clothes; alternatively, this feeling can stand out in stark contrast to sunlight dancing over fresh snow. Can weather also provide symbolism, thereby enriching the reader’s experience? Think about your goal for the scene and the mood you are trying to create, and then layer your description with meaningful choices.
SIGHT:
Hanging planters swaying
Dust sifting down from the rafters or from cracks in the ceiling
Framed pictures slanting, tilting, or falling off the wall
Animals running and hiding
Books toppling off shelves
Knickknacks tumbling to the floor
Collectible plates falling out of their holders and breaking
Coffee slopping out of full mugs
Items on a table moving
Flower stems in a vase bouncing and petals falling off
Open doors or gates swaying
Windows cracking as they twist in frames
People stumbling, slipping, swaying, and struggling for balance
Cracks appearing on walls, on concrete walkways, in pavement, and along the ground
Parked cars "jumping" as the road heaves
Headlights flashing as car alarms are set off
Sinkholes caving roadways
Shingles shaking loose and tumbling off roofs
Statues sinking or toppling
Power poles shifting, lines snapping when pulled taut
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SMELLS:
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TASTES:
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TEXTURES AND SENSATIONS:
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SOUNDS:
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REINFORCING A MOOD:
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SYMBOLISM:
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COMMON CLICHÉS:
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WEATHER NOTES:
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SCENARIOS FOR ADDING CONFLICT OR TENSION:
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