Sunday, February 7, 2010

Importance of Weather for Adding Suspense

No, you don't want to start your book with the weather like "It was a dark and stormy night." That become a taboo thing to do.

However, by adding weather you can create suspense.

Remember we all talk about the weather all the time. As I write this it's raining and has been raining all day. On Facebook, people have been talking about the snow and how tired of it they are and all the obstacles it creates for moving along with daily life.

I've written about a blizzard where no one can get in or out and someone disappears. That was in one of my Deputy Tempe Crabtree mysteries, Intervention.

In No Sanctuary the Santa Ana winds play an important part in creating a feeling of suspense.

In my latest Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel, An Axe to Grind, fog adds suspense to what is going on in the story.

Take an example from the movies, thunder, lightning and blinding rain always complicate things for the hero--or hints at the imminent arrival of the bad guys or perhaps a monster.

When writing a scene, think about how weather might heighten the suspense.

Marilyn
http://fictionforyou.com

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