I am possibly the least agricultural person I know. I do not garden. I do not generally eat seasonal foods at their freshest. I don’t really do seasonal sports. But I do find that my writing is affected by the seasons.
This morning as I was walking around the pond before going into do weights, I could feel fall. This is my favorite time of year. Snappy breezes, blue skies, golden leaves… I love it all.
Each new season tends to bring changes to my writing routine, too. My energy level is different in different seasons. Fall always feels like a fresh start to me, and I have a lot more energy than I do in summer. In fall, I love the outdoors, and my writing tends more toward the nature side of things. In summer, it’s too hot for me. My interest in writing about nature decreases a little bit. When my kids were little, it was hard for me to immerse myself in longer, more complex projects in the summer. But when the school year started, I knew I had more open, uninterrupted hours to write.
I’m looking ahead right now at the time from now to the end of the year. I am going to have some changes to my transportation options soon, which is going to affect my daily schedule. It’s getting dark earlier at night, and it’s dark when Jack and I walk my husband to the bus in the morning. That means I don’t go work out right away (because I don’t feel safe walking around the pond in pitch blackness). These little things might feel like you have nothing to do with writing, but routines shape my days. So as a new season begins, I think about how my daily routine will be different in this season, and what that means for my writing.
What does fall mean for your writing? Do you have kids who are back in school, meaning more writing time for you? Or are you a teacher or librarian who was off for the summer and is now back to work? I would encourage you, if you haven’t already, to take a few minutes and think about what your fall looks like. Over the next few months, where and when will you be able to write? And what writing goals and routines do you want to set for yourself?
Accepting that change is constant is necessary to my life as a writer. Embracing those changes and using them to my advantage makes my writing life better. I’m hoping you will find some things to celebrate about fall and what this new season means for your own writing.