Thursday, December 23, 2010

Whether the Weather is Inspiring

'Tis the year for crazy weather.  The west coast of the US is being totally pounded with rain.  The Heathrow airport was apparently under siege from snow.  Volcanos erupted.  Earthquakes abounded.  Tornados and tsunamis and floods reared their ugly heads.  So what does that have to do with writing picture books?

Well, it could have everything to do with writing picture books if you take inspiration from it.  The weather can make such a wonderful picture book subject because it is one of the mysterious things that happens in a child's life (and all our lives).  And since it is so mysterious, it is easy to play around with.  Think "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs" or even "The Wizard of Oz".  It is easy to turn weather into something playful or ominous or silly or scary.  Weather can be the hero of a story or the villain.

So, for your inspiration today, take a look out your window!


  1. Yes there's been quite a few snow bound stories in the weeklies recently too. HAPPY CHRISTMAS :O)

  2. It's (almost) always sunny in Austin... but I could see doing something with the different kinds of sunny. Shining sun, blazing sun, early sun, late sun, dodging-the-clouds sun... the possibilities are staggering. :) Weather is fun!

  3. Yet another reason why I love living in (and writing about) Wisconsin (umm, except last week when we got 22 inches of snow in one day. that sort-of sucked.). We have 4 very different and distinct seasons. Good point!

  4. Weather is a great way to inject conflict. Thanks for the reminder.

  5. Very true, one of my PiBoldMo ideas is on the clouds. There are so many variants to choose from too. Nice reminder Meg!

    Happy Christmas!