Writing Assignment: Describe The Weather

by Randy Murray on May 28, 2010

If your goal is to become a better writer, you need to practice. Here’s your writing assignment for today: write a short paragraph describing the current weather.

Description is a key skill for writers to master. A skilled writer can evoke a response in a reader with a few short words or can show the reader something they have never personally experienced. To become skilled, the writer must practice, work, rewrite, and test their skills.

Weather is one thing that all writers have easy access to, no matter where they are. Even a closed room has its own weather. There are sounds, smells, changes in sensation and pressure, heat and cold, and a myriad of other elements that can be drawn upon to create a descriptive picture. The writer can use the weather to set the tone of his or her piece, foreshadow events and action, and strengthen or counterpoint the emotions and circumstances of his or her characters.

Here’s my example:

Those April showers must have all been delayed until this May day. I opened my window a few minutes ago and the sound of the rain is as steady as if I’d turned on the faucet. Steady, yes, and soft, too, on the fully-leafed trees. They’re so green, dark and wet now, and they dominate the view out my window, hiding all but a bit of the uniformly gray Ohio sky. Thank God. At least if it must be so gray, let it rain.

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