WEATHER AND EARTHLY PHENOMENON THESAURUS

WINTER



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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:
Frost crystals coating branches and exposed metal
Breath fogging the air
Snow that shimmers in the sun or moonlight
Dark skeletal trees edged in white
Pine boughs weighed down with snow
Hungry birds pecking at suet hung up by friendly homeowners
Shoveled driveways
Footprints and tracks creating wandering trails in the snow
Squirrels knocking snow loose as they leap through trees 
Drifts piled high beside driveways
A shovel leaning against a house
Cars and buildings layered in white
Snowflakes tumbling down in a flurry
Icicles hanging from the eaves
Frost swirls coating the windows and creating a rime on ledges
Clouds of warm air curling out of chimneys and roof vents
People bundled in puffy coats, colorful scarves, and warm mittens
Snowmen in the middle of yards
Kids sliding down long white hills
Cross-country ski tracks
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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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