Everywhere I look today seems to bring more pictures of Hurricane Sandy and the devastation the storm left. These are the days I'm glad I don't live near the coast, but I do hope everyone else is doing alright. Hopefully you were a good Girl Scout or Boy Scout and stocked up on your supplies, so you can stand to be without power (that is if you are even reading this, since chances are if you are without power--you'd have a hard time actually reading blogs :))
Every time a big weather emergency hits, I can't help but think of weather in books and in everyday life.
So even though it's cliche (as with many thing in storytelling--opening with a dream sequence anyone?), it can still be useful:
* If you want to show two characters having an awkward moment...excellent time to have a conversation about the weather.
* If you want to show two characters that don't have a lot in common...why not talk about the weather!
* If you want to show family members interacting over mundane activities...the weather is a great topic.
So basically, even if it's cliche or overdone, any topic can be discussed if it's effective. Reminding us yet again there really are no rules in novel writing!
Thank goodness, because I'm not really in a rule-following mood lately :)
--Emily, Miss Querylicious