Weather or Not

Many writers routinely quote Elmore Leonard’s advice to “never start a story with the weather,” repeating the words like a sacred catechism. Like most warnings, this one should come with additional, back-of-package explanations and further instructions. Of course, folks rarely seek out weather reports, unless perhaps they’re planning a backyard barbeque or a daughter’s outdoor wedding. Then, weather’s critical. Thus it should be for the writer—and for the reader. And here’s a reminder: all writing is about the reader. Most of us would not be putting words on paper if not for the reader or potential readers. Consider these accomplished … Read more