How to avoid the taboo in writing

Now let me say right up front, I’m still working on this myself.

Seems I miss the mark more than I hit it, but gotta keep trying. Right?

And as far as the weather, well, we all know how fickle that is. And the writing about it is just as slippery as predicting it.

Weather scenes in writing seem to rank right up there with the taboos in writing as; waking up, looking in a mirror and dreams. But all are a part of the human life experience. 

There was no white Christmas for us this year. 

However, we got the next best thing. Days warm enough to shoo the children outside plus wonderful sunshine as we dashed from store to store enjoying those after holiday sales.

However, even when it snows, you won’t catch me on a sled unless I’m unconscious and strapped down. I stay on the sidelines taking the pictures. 

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Same goes for years like this one with mild winter months when the kids like to ride their bikes and zip along on scooters. Nope, won’t find me risking life and limb.

But after a long day of shopping, you might find me in front of a cozy fire, with a spiked mug of something hot and a good book with a satisfied smile.  And of course, sore feet. My mind might begin to wander from the book on my Kindle, I’ll stare at the flames and realize I’m itching to write. 

Yes, a break is wonderful, but now that the holidays are almost over, New Years still to go, I can’t help but think about getting back into the groove again.

This crazy Texas weather has just about given me whiplash, the temps going from one extreme to the next week after week. Which got me thinking about the big taboo of using weather in writing.

So how do we it effectively, without getting crucified by an editor that is?

I thought the following article very insightful—

Power Your Fiction: Using Weather To Create Mood, Not Clichés By Angela Ackerman

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