I am looking for a dramatic equivalent for "drizzle". I want to write down a sentence like this:
There was a light breeze blowing. Timid clouds gathered around and then it started to...
P.S: Is "timid cloud" correct?
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According to this source the rather graphic words "spit" and "moisten" are possibilities along the standard "drizzle".
Here is an instance of use of "started to spit".
From this other source you can select more terms that connote the idea in just as graphic a fashion.
sprinkling, spraying, spritzing, peppering, dusting
mizzling, (intransitive, now regional, Britain, Canada, US) To rain in very fine drops.
There was a light breeze blowing. Timid clouds gathered around and then it started [to sprinkle/sprinkling]. (to sprinkle)
I thought I could make up for my oversight after I read your comment. I am not a native speaker but it seems to me that in the domain of fiction and even more in that of poetry, no less in English than in other languages, you are allowed a lot of freedom in the way of creating images. This is obviously an image in which different people might see different things and I do not pretend I see what is most to be remarked in it. However I suppose you mean something like "clouds invading the sky in a slow, uncertain way" and that sounds perfect to me, poetic, but a poetic tone occasionally is not forbidden in fiction.
Perhaps sprinkle could work for you?
("it sprinkles", "it is sprinkling", etc.) North American [no object] Rain very lightly.
‘it began to sprinkle’
In your example, it would be:
There was a light breeze blowing. Timid clouds gathered around and then it started to sprinkle.