July 8th 2019
"Do Your Stories And Worlds Reference Seasons And Do They Play Into The Plots Of Your Books?"

OpenBook Blog Hop July 8th 2019

I’m going to be blunt. When this topic came up, I had to really go back through my stories and check. And I came to the realization that I don’t use the seasons as much as I probably should, considering a couple of my characters are wolf-shifters.

However, I do touch on elements of the seasons in my descriptions, and how those impact my characters.

Adding Seasonal Color

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When I’m presenting the reader with a setting, I love to include little details about the weather and other seasonal conditions. I don’t go over the top, but I try to give a feel for the season, to add a little flavor to my descriptions. In my opinion it adds a little extra  authenticity to the setting.

For example:

“Under A Hunter’s Moon” is set on a Halloween night, which means it’s an early-to-mid-fall night. In Seattle that comes with certain weather conditions. (Statistics taken from Current Results weather and science facts). Keep in mind that the drier summer months are in the process of giving way to the rainier winter.

  • 13 days of rain, with 2-5 inches of rain for the month.
  • Temperatures will range from 59-62 F during the day, to 45-48 F at night, cooling quickly between the two extremes.
  • Daylight hours averaging around 10.5 hours.
  • Humidity likely ranges from 84% in the mornings to 67% by mid-afternoon.
  • Wind speeds averaging 8.3 mph, with less wind on average than most other months.

So, as a writer, I know what the weather conditions are likely to be, because I did my research. But those are just dry facts, until I tease them into descriptions, and show the reader what that means in realistic terms.

Dim moonlight shone through the honeycombed skylight... The clouds were so wispy that there was little chance of them obscuring the moon.

"Under A Hunter's Moon" by Timothy Bateson

I also show the seasonal weather, during a cut between scenes:

The air turned damp, the scent of the forest after rainfall filled my nostrils, and I felt the sensations of grass and mud between my toes.

"Under A Hunter's Moon" by Timothy Bateson

The Season Is A Character

I think it’s fair to say that each season has it’s own unique character and personality. Each season comes with it’s own experiences, baggage, and surprises. In fact it can have a huge impact on the story, because of the freedoms and challenges that each season can bring.

When presenting the seasons to a reader, you really have to drill down into  what sets them apart, and more importantly how they make you feel.

When I look at the feelings that a season brings with it, I can’t help but look at it as a separate character within my story.

So, for a little fun, here are some thoughts on how the seasons might be presented as people.

  • Spring is full of life, energy, and freshness. It’s like the young child finding it’s way in a world full of rapid changes and experiences.
  • Summer is a little more seasoned, but full of hope and dreams. We’ve progressed into it’s teen years, where anything seems possible, and the forbidden is exciting.
  • Fall is starting to slow down, the excitement is wearing off, and those dreams are slowly giving way to reality. These are the adult months, where the debts of summer living come around and reality teaches you that not all dreams last forever.
  • Winter is when it all comes to an end, as life slowly goes into hiding, preparing to wait for it’s chance to come around again. It’s the grumpy old man who morns past glories, but secretly waits for the newborns so he may share the stories of his youth.

Here's A Little Challenge...

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As a reader I love seeing how authors include details of the seasons. It helps pull me into the story, especially when those details come from the character viewpoints and play into their emotional states.

In the comments below, do one of these two things:

  1. Give an example of how a writer has included seasonal character into their work (and please provide the book title and author, so we can check it out).
  2. Pick a season, and show me what kind of character YOU think it’d be. Be as creative as you’d like.

Check Out The Rest Of The Entries

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Several authors take part in these weekly blog challenges from the “Open Book” group. So, if you want to see what they consider to be common traps for aspiring authors, click the link below.

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About The Open Book Blog Hops

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“Open Book” is a group of writers who get together each week to answer some of the questions that people pose about our work.

Each week they ask the writers to write a blog post on the same topic, and then share their post with each other’s readers.

It’s a great way to get some insights into how different writers attack the same challenges in different ways.

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Lela Markham

I love the little touches of weather you can weave into a story to help the reader for the characters are living a real life. And, I also use a real location as my subject town, though I don’t actually set the story in that town. It gives me somewhere to go for statistics like “when’s the earliest snowfall?” and “what was the coldest temperature on this date?” It is invaluable.

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It definitely adds authenticity to scenes. And I love the reference to flavor. I feel like I’m cooking when I’m writing.

P.J. Maclayne
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the subtle reference to the weather can be more rewarding to the reader than hitting them over the head with it.