WEATHER AND EARTHLY PHENOMENON THESAURUS

RAIN



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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.
SIGHTS:
Gray skies and cloud cover
A grayish cast to the light
A sheet of rain that falls, soaking everything
Soil that grows dark
Slick leaves that twitch as drops land on them
Drizzle that slides down windows, obscuring the view
Beads gathering on flat surfaces
Shimmering leaves and grass
Colors appearing more vivid
Puddles that jump and ripple
Random wet drops discoloring the concrete
Silty water carrying debris (leaves, cigarette butts, candy wrappers, straws) along street gutters
Water dripping from a leaky roof
Glistening spider webs
Puddles forming in holes and hollows
Shiny pink earthworms slipping across driveways and walking paths
Bees and flies clinging to the dry undersides of flower petals or leaves
Birds hiding in the foliage of bushes or darting toward the ground to feast on worms
People holding colorful umbrellas
Dogs shaking off the wet
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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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