In the distance ...
In the distance, smoke billowed from a chimney . Snow had been steady for the last hour. He wasn’t sure if he would make it by nightfall, but he had to try.
Show the reader how cold it is.
Let us feel it in our finger tips.
Help us understand the urgency in the movements the character makes.
Keep the reason why he's headed to the house with the chimney a secret until the last possible second.
Ready. Set. Write.