Weather Again — a writing challenge

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“Everyone talks about the weather, but no one can do anything about it.”

This past week’s ice storm knocked power out for thousands in Michigan, while the temperature dipped into the single digits. As I gingerly walked our wooded neighborhood the morning after, with a wild gust of wind and the iced tree branches above me tingling as they connected, I realized I could get spiked by a falling oak branch, and thus made a slippery hasty retreat to the safety of my roofed home. The ice glittering in the sun is beautiful, but danger is also a factor.

What if we could do something about the weather? As fiction writers, we can throw in twisters as well as plot twists.

Writing challenge: 1) Set the timer for five minutes and describe the weather outside right now; 2) Imagine the weather could be controlled. What would it be like? What would it be like if something went wrong with the controls?

Ready? Set? Write!

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