Four Seasons of Inspiration
Consider using elements of the four seasons to help jump-start your idea creation.
Choose a season. Make a list iconic elements of that season. Physical elements: snow, wind, torrential rain, scorching sun, bone-chilling temperatures. Sound: bird song, the crunch of crusted snow, splash of puddles, Colors. Seasonal events. Clothing. Activities.
You get what I mean.
Google images of a season you feel might fit your current writing endeavor. What images appeal to you?
Can a change in weather add more angst for your characters? How can it enhance the conflict within one of your scenes?
Sometimes its the little nuances of a certain locale or prop that helps bring a scene to life for readers and viewers. That little touch of familiarity helps ground your story – even a fantasy or science fiction tale – in reality.
Consider the use of torrential rain and flooding in the movie Hard Rain.
The deadly elements of Winter add to the terror and danger in Wind River, The Grey and the indie thriller Frozen.
Who can forget the wealth of ideas found in Summer!
Look for seasonal usages in the next movie you watch. How many ways was seasonal elements used to add physical angst for the characters? How many iconic images were on screen? How did the seasonal clothing affect the characters? Heavy clothing hampers the wearer. Skimpy summer clothing inhibits some people, and entices others to flaunt their physique.
It’s a simply exercise. It works. It’ll get ideas flowing!
Try it next time your stuck writing a scene. Use it as you delve into developing characters to populate your story.