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Describing thunder and lightning is made easy with this post. This is an extract from ‘Writing with Stardust’, now on Amazon. It is the ultimate descriptive guide for students and teachers and there is a workbook also. I hope you enjoy the post.

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Describing Thunder and Lightning
The autumn sky was as bright as Zeus’ eyes. Narry a cloud blemished its bliss-blue complexion and the sun was like a glowing medallion pinned to a sheet of white paper. I ambled through the meadow, enjoying its peaceful air and the way it seemed to stretch into eternity. The grass was fairyland-green and the gentle swish of the blades, swaying to and fro, was hypnotic. It was like autumn’s dreamscape.

In the centre of this large vale, quite some distance away, was a wizened oak tree. Its gnarled and hoary girth lay under a tangled old man’s beard of leaf and bough. In a far-away field, stilt-legged lambs gambolled and frolicked with each other in merry innocence.

I decided to rest my weary head for a while and let the spiritual beauty of this Jerusalem of nature seep into me further. Resting my head on my knapsack, I drifted away into infinity, letting the locked-away memories of joyful times steal into my dreams. A drowsy smile played on my lips and I floated into slumberland.

When I woke up, the sky was as black as the devil’s soul. The world became cellar-dark and the buckling, heaving sky looked fit to collapse down on top of me. Then there was an explosion like a sonic boom and I feared for my safety. Doom-black clouds, pregnant with malice, churned and roiled. They looked as vaporous as mist and as fleecy as black wool.

I made it to the oak tree just in time. A clanking sound could be heard from the sky. It was if a huge anvil was being dragged across the vault of heaven against its will. Branched lightning lit up the Stygian sky. Buzzing and hissing, they trembled with the anger of being shackled to the sky since time began.

Then it hit the tree. Lightning is the megawatt smile of nature, but there was nothing friendly about the terrawatts of violence it unleashed. It hit the shaggy head of the tree with an explosion of branched lightning-flame that shook the old man to his core.

My own heart wasn’t doing too well either. My left ear was on the ground, my eyes looking at the world fron an ant’s point of view. Wreaths of steam were rising slowly from the oak, all that was left of its soul. I could smell the sweet, sickly smell of singed grass and the faint perfume of scorched clothes told me I was in trouble. The quote from Mussolini came to me again, and although I strained my ears to hear, all I cold hear from the fields next door, before drifting away, was the silence of the lambs.

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How to Describe a Storm in Writing

Whether they’re ruthless tornadoes or torrential hurricanes, storms can add atmosphere and conflict to a personal narrative or story. The use of vivid description is a crucial tool for bringing these weather phenomena to life on paper and moving your plot forward. Using figurative language and active verbs can help you place readers right in the middle of the rain, wind and thunder.

Mighty Metaphors and Storm Similes

A simile is a type of description that makes an explicit comparison between two things using the words “like” or “as.” A metaphor, by contrast, is a direct comparison that does not use these words. You can use these devices to create surprising descriptions of your storm. If you’re describing a hailstorm, for example, you might use a simile to write, “The hailstones clattered to the ground like marbles spilled from a box.” To use a metaphor, you might write, “An avalanche of hailstones fell from the sky.”

The Sound of Storms

In real life, the sounds of nature are often key indicators of approaching storms. You can bring these sound effects to your descriptions by using onomatopoeia, a device where words mimic the sounds of their meaning. For example, if a thunderstorm figures prominently in your story, the thunder could “rumble” or “boom,” rain could “patter” against the windows” and wind could “rush” across a field. Try making a list of all the sounds the storm in your narrative might involve and brainstorm onomatopoeic words to describe them.

The Character of Storms

If a storm is central to your story’s conflict, you might consider having the weather literally take on a life of its own. Personification occurs when a writer gives human characteristics, such as actions and emotions, to an inanimate object. If your characters are trapped in open water during a hurricane, you might write, “The angry waves smacked against the side of the boat.” Although water can’t feel anger, the description of the waves as “angry” adds emotional texture and characterization to the storm.

Vivid Verbs

Because bad weather can often get out of control, describing a storm is not the time to skimp on verb usage. Weak verbs, such as “was” or “were,” drain your descriptions of energy rather than infuse them with detail. Using specific, active verbs for the storm’s motion gives readers a more detailed image of the story’s events. For example, the sentence, “The dark sky was lit up by lightning,” is a good start, but revising it to include an active verb can make the description even more forceful: “Lightning flashed across the sky.”

  • Western Michigan University: Basics of Metaphor and Simile
  • Read Write Think: Onomatopoeia
  • Universal Design for Learning: Literary Devices: Personification
  • Writing Commons: Avoid Unnecessary “To Be” Verbs”

Kori Morgan holds a Bachelor of Arts in professional writing and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and has been crafting online and print educational materials since 2006. She taught creative writing and composition at West Virginia University and the University of Akron and her fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in numerous literary journals.