Write about the weather in a place familar to you, or a setting in your novel. Over-write this a little, maybe describing the Santa Ana winds of Southern California in the fall or the punishing humidity that can settle in the East– something like “dampness like a giant gray chicken settling over us all so that breathing seems slow, movement like walking underwater...” What does this specific weather change? In a novel, might a character be languid and slow to do something important- and miss the chance?

Write a second time, with different weather– on the East Coast, the humidity lifts. How different does it feel? What happens that is different?


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