Fic­tion: Hot Tem­pers

Poets and Writers - - The Literary Life -

Though many of us look for­ward to the higher tem­per­a­tures and longer day­light hours of sum­mer, stud­ies show that par­tic­u­larly hot and hu­mid days of­ten co­in­cide with higher in­ci­dences and ex­pres­sions of anger, frus­tra­tion, and ir­ri­ta­tion. Many el­e­ments may fac­tor into this cor­re­la­tion, in­clud­ing peo­ple spend­ing more time out­side in crowds, an in­flux of ado­les­cents and tourists dur­ing the sum­mer­time, in­creased heart rates be­cause of the heat, and dis­com­fort from de­hy­dra­tion and lack of sleep. A feel­ing of help­less­ness or lack of con­trol over the weather may also con­trib­ute to snap­pish be­hav­ior. Write a short story in which your main char­ac­ter strug­gles to keep calm on one of the hottest days of the year. What is the cat­a­lyst that drives your char­ac­ter to lose pa­tience or keep cool?

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