Seasons of the Writer
We’re coming up on the end of the month of March and (as of last week) we’ve come to the end of winter and the beginning of spring. As much as most people hate change, I’d wager that THIS change—from slushy streets and frozen toes to sunny skies and blooming flowers—is one they can get on board with.
Now, I’ll admit that, in general, I prefer the colder months—fall and winter—to the warm ones.
The cool, crisp air makes my brain feel speedier than a racehorse and makes everything seem clean and fresh and full of possibility. The heat (and humidity), on the other hand, make me feel stupid and slow and sluggish.
But that’s not the point.
The point is that, right now, we’re in a time of change (at least, those of us who live in geographical locations with actual seasons are). And there’s nothing better than change to get the writing juices flowing.
It’s all too easy when we’re working on a piece of writing to get mired down in the slow-moving slog, to lose sight of how much we love the process and simply go through the motions.
Yes, I know, I’m always suggesting that you try to write every day, even if it’s just a sentence to keep your work in progress fresh in your mind, but I know from experience that sometimes you get so sick of the book, so sick of waiting for inspiration, so sick of being alone with your thoughts, that you need a blast of fresh air to wake you up from your self-induced writing coma.
And that’s what the change of seasons can do—literally, yes, if you get out there in the cool spring breeze, but figuratively, too.
So, use it. Use the changing seasons to help yourself fall back in love with writing.
Go for a walk. Look around. Record it all and write about it:
The green buds on the trees—so pale, they’re practically yellow.
The birds arguing over the best nesting materials.
The pink and purple and white blossoms popping up everywhere.
Hell, even the cheesy Easter Bunny decorations on your neighbor’s lawn can be a spark of inspiration for a new story or book.
Embrace the changing seasons, use the images and the scents and the sounds you encounter, and then get back to the writing, this time with a whole new attitude.