WEATHER AND EARTHLY PHENOMENON THESAURUS

SUNLIGHT



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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:
Sunlight brightens everything it touches, adding glimmers to shiny surfaces and making colors appear more vivid. When it reaches reflective surfaces like glass, it can cause a prism to occur, transferring the sunlight onto another surface (such as an internal wall) and can even cause the light to refract into a mini rainbow. Ripples on water can make sunlight appear to move and shift, and the shimmering light is often too bright to look at directly for long. Foliage grows toward sunlight, causing a natural lean in the direction of the strongest source. 

Sunshine also picks up the light in other objects. When the sun's rays hit's a person's hair, each strand seems to glow with red or gold, or shimmer if the hair is a darker shade. Sunlight will also pick up the oils on one's skin and give it the appearance of health.

SMELLS:
Sunshine on its own does not carry a smell, but the warming properties of light brings out the smells of other things. Sun-warmed stone, metal, and earth all have distinctive odors. Sun creates and encourages the growth of plants and trees, so as flowers open to this light source, they release their perfumed fragrances. Sunlight warming garbage bags at the curb, dog poop on the front lawn, or a rat corpse in an alleyway will enhance these negative odors as well.

TASTES:
This weather element has no taste, but excessive exposure to sunlight can cause dehydration and thirst, drying the mouth.

TEXTURES AND SENSATIONS:
The warmth of sunlight is an extremely powerful and pleasing sensation. Hair follicles rise and skin tingles under the heat. Surfaces warm according to their abilities to absorb and trap warmth; leather car seats can sear bare skin, and walking on hot pavement can convert a slow amble into a beeline for shade. As one's body temperature increases, sunlight can become uncomfortable. A character will begin to sweat and likely strip off layers of clothing or seek shade to cool down....

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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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