Sight: A streak of light falling (shooting) across the clear night sky. The appearance of many falling stars at once is called a meteor shower. In this case, stars can shoot all different directions. They…
Sound: Night sounds. Insects chirping and buzzing, wind in the trees, human sounds (doors opening, music playing, car engines), hushed voices and whispers…
Mood: Falling stars happen so quickly; to catch sight of one makes the viewer feel blessed or lucky to have witnessed it. A falling star will inevitably lighten the viewer’s mood and can potentially turn the mind to…
Symbolism: good luck, change, a fulfilled wish…
Possible Cliches: a long-desired wish coming true after witnessing a falling star…
Don’t be afraid to use weather and earthly phenomena to add contrast. Unusual pairings, especially when drawing attention to the character’s emotions, is a powerful trigger for tension. Consider how the bleak mood of a character is even more noticeable as morning sunlight dances across the crystals of fresh snow on the walk to work. Or how the feeling of betrayal is so much more poignant on a hot summer day. Likewise, success or joy can be hampered by a cutting wind or drizzling sleet, foreshadowing conflict to come.
Weather is a powerful tool, helping to foreshadow events and steer the emotional mood of any scene.
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Angela Ackerman says
Great job on this one. It doesn’t happen often, so when you do see it, you feel very privileged. 🙂
Julie Musil says
I love this! I actually have a falling star in one of my books. Awesome description.
Lisa Gail Green says
Awww, I forgot about falling stars! How cool. Very inspiring.
Stina Lindenblatt says
I haven’t seen a shooting star in a long time. I think I’ll have to add one to my wip. What a cool post. 😀
Lenny Lee* says
hi miss becca! wow cool picture! mostly for me seeing a shooting star is like a wow moment. i could see how it could be that in a story. i love you guys weather posts.
…hugs from lenny
Hmmm… falling stars. Now there’s something I haven’t thought of working in to my novels. And it would fit perfectly with one. Thanks!
Susan Flett Swiderski says
There’s definitely something about seeing a falling star … or comet … or meteor … that instills a feeling of awe in the observer, so including any of these events in our writing should have the added bonus of evoking those feelings and memories in the reader.
erica and christy says
Love these posts! You always have something new for me to consider!
Carrie Butler says
You guys are always coming up with something new. I love it! 🙂
Mary Witzl says
I saw a shooting star one night when I was out with my husband, swimming in the sea. In retrospect it was very dangerous: the sea was full of jellyfish. But we’ll never forget that experience of seeing a star shoot clear across the sky — and we’re so glad we didn’t get stung.
I’ve been taking notes (the actual, written down on paper kind) on a lot of these weather posts. It really helps me with the details.
Mirka Breen says
Nice post. Sending link to DS, the weather-fan, right after I catch a falling star and put it in my pocket…
Shannon O'Donnell says
I would NEVER have thought of falling stars as weather. You guys are so dang clever! And great post. 🙂
Gail Shepherd says
This reminds me of being in the Bahamas years ago; the sky was so clear we’d see half a dozen shooting stars every night. And it *did* make us feel lucky. And any description of the night sky does add that sense of cosmic wonder, musings on our place in the universe. I admit, I’m partial to that.
Traci Kenworth says
Falling stars can be so magical.
From wishes to just pure
excitement at seeing one, so many
things can be done about them.
Ooh, this is just the sensory
detail I need for the story I’m
about to start today. Thanks!!
Laura Pauling says
Lately, I”ve been addicted to sensory details. For some reason, stories with great details like that suck me in. Your blog posts have the same effect!
Thanks for all your hard work!