This post was written specifically for the #AuthorToolboxBlogHop.
We ended up having a bit of a snow storm here in Albuquerque last night and, despite already having a post for the #AuthorToolboxBlogHop, I found myself thinking about describing the seasons.
With maybe only one or two exceptions (anything set exclusively in space, for example), you’re liable to have scenes set outdoors and the environment is going to be a factor. And, even indoors there are ways to clue the reader in to the time of year. So, in what ways can you describe the seasons?
Spring is often considered a time of rebirth & renewal, with lengthening days, flowers blooming and rising temperatures. There are also April showers. And, of course, if you have a real-world setting, there’s Easter.
I looked out across a sea of daffodils, bright yellow against the green and still beaded with moisture from the earlier rain.
Here you have both lengthening and shortening days, depending on which side of Midsummer. Generally, there will be warmer weather leading to the likelihood of outdoor cooking. Some areas will experience rain or thunderstorms.
The day’s heat clung to the city. Even with sundown two hours past, the temperature was still in the high eighties. She shifted uncomfortably as sweat slicked the small of her back.
The days are getting shorter. Temperatures begin to fall, as do leaves. And those leaves will go through a variety of colours before they do. Harvesting as also common to this time, along with harvest celebrations.
The street was awash in leaves, crisp and crackling under their feet. Breath misted around them as they took turns sipping from a shared coffee.
The coldest and darkest, with snow and ice as common features. With the winter solstice, days will start becoming longer. And, again, if you have a real-world setting you can have Christmas & New Year to add to your backdrop.
There had been another thick drift of snow, a fresh foot or more in the past hour. The rooftops on the far bank of the canal were still blanketed in white, glistening in the streetlights. Below the white gave way to grey as the traffic in the streets turned into it into slush.
I’m going to finish up for now but I hope this sparks one or two ideas.
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