What three words for January would you use if you described a setting in a story placed in the month or wrote a poem about it?
The first scene of my YA mystery is set in mid-January in southeastern Ohio. I start the book on a sunny, cold day. The weather grows more gloomy as my main character encounters obstacle after obstacle, trying solve the mystery. The three words I had in mind were “cold”, “blue”, and “bright.”
Here’s the finished product:
The sun shone ice white in a clear sky so blue that it looked like an illustration in a hyper-cheerful picture book for preschoolers. But despite the sun’s dazzling appearance, not an ounce of warmth made it to the hilly streets.From A Shadow on the Stone
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What three words for January would you pick?
That is so vivid! It really transports the reader into the scene!
Thank you! When it comes to descriptions, I worry that I overdo it.