Author Advice – Do you start a novel with the weather?

Originally posted in June last year and today for

Do you start writing your novel with the weather or is it Pathetic Fallacy? In my mind, l it is a bit of both. Most writers today will avoid starting their novel with the weather.

However, in historical texts, Pathetic Fallacy – where the weather reflects the mood, has been tackled expertly before. Macbeth starts with thunder, lightning and rain for dramatic effect. To show that something terrible is going to happen to the characters during the play.

Pathetic Fallacy is a writing technique used by a lot of famous authors. The trouble is that it has been overused. Now, most published authors do not start with the weather. It is something to be avoided.

I’m not sure. If written well, then it could add another layer to the story.

Published by writerravenclaw

I am a fifty something mother of two grown up children, and one beautiful grandchild. I have been married for nearly thirty-four years. My first book was published ten years ago. I wrote my book Sticks and Stones because of my experience of being bullied at school.

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