We’ve had a lovely warm summer – at times it has been a really hot summer. The sun has shone, the sky
It’s been warm since we got back – which was just as well, because I had all the washing to do – and get dried – after we unpacked and before we repacked set off again. This time on a special trip for my husband’s birthday treat to the old spa town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire. We had sunshine almost all the time we were away. One rainstorm and that was it.
But this week has been so very different. Apparently we’ve been hit by the tail end of Hurricane Bertha and – well, I’m glad it was only the ‘tail end’. My heart goes out to everyone who has to endure the real thing – we had huge thunderstorms, lashing winds, torrential downpours, flash floods. . .
And then today is just beautiful. The day is calm, the sun, shining, the sky is back to that wonderful clear blue – and all the heavy, humid heat that had built up has cleared. We have warmth, but it’s fresh and enjoyable, not heavy and close and almost unbearable.
Of course, being a writer, I’ve been looking at the weather and thinking how closely it reassembled one of my books. There was the long , hot build up, the way that things grew stronger and stronger. Then there was the way the heat got heavier and close to unbearable, the way that we knew something had to break - it could almost be felt coming closer and closer. The dark clouds gathered, got darker . . .blacker. Until with a crash of thunder and a flash of lightning everything seemed to explode around us. The heavens opened and the rain bucketed down, drenching everything in its path. It’s a real image of the way I try to build the tension in a story , cranking it up higher and higher until that ‘black moment’ when everything comes to a head and all the tension blows up right in my characters’ faces.
And then there is the calm after the storm . The time when with a fresh new day, a clearer, calmer way of looking at things, they can resolve the problems that caused so much trouble and go into a future together, and hopefully to that happy ever after.
So it’s interesting that that’s exactly what I’ve been writing over the past few days. The weather outside has almost mirrored the scenes and the ‘emotional storms’ between my characters. It’s been fun watching that happen . . . and now I have to give them their happy ending and the bright sunny day. I’ll enjoy that too. And I was wondering if it’s the stormy moments that readers enjoy reading in my books – or is it that ‘calm after the storm ‘ that you’re looking for and enjoy reading most?
What do you think?
I hope you’re having peaceful weather right now – whether hot or cold - and that the sun keeps shining for the rest of the school holidays so that everyone can enjoy them. And if a bit of rain is falling – I hope it will pass quickly .
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