After a long dry spell, I’ve been grateful for whatever progress I can make lately. Though that meant starting a new book, at least I was getting something done, which felt great! As I’ve been going along though, I started to wonder why this particular story was appealing to me right now, and I’ve come up with a bit of a theory.
So when I first started writing a book, it was Summer, specifically August. By chance, the book that I chose to start writing first was also set in a 6 month period from Spring to Summer. The time of year wasn’t particularly important or relevant within the story though, so I can put that one down to a coincidence.
However, when Winter came around that year, I suddenly came up with another book idea. This time it was an idea where the season was an integral part of the whole story. And funnily enough, it was set in Winter. The title has Winter in it, and it’s literally about a man that loves Winter.
For some reason though, I didn’t think much of it, and I kept going with my other ideas. At the same time though, it kept popping into my head at random moments, and I couldn’t shake the atmosphere of it off.
Then the grey months between Winter & Spring arrived. Out of nowhere, I became obsessed with yet another different idea. This one again doesn’t have an important seasonal aspect, but the aesthetic I want for the story definitely has a dull, grey, January vibe.
I even made a mood board about it, and still didn’t make the connection that the idea I was thinking of matched the current weather!
Then time moved on to Spring, and I had my aforementioned dry spell. Despite it being a happy and jolly month full of bunny rabbits and flowers, I’ve always been a bit sad in Spring for some reason. I’m not sure exactly why, but it’s been like that since I was little.
Thankfully it’s now Summer, and I feel a lot better, creatively. Once again, I began to focus on a new idea. This one is set in Summer, and has the ‘Summer vibe’ as a very important plot point.
I’ve only just realised that the seasons and time of year seem to have quite a big impact on the things I feel like writing. Perhaps that’s a really obvious thing to say, and I should’ve thought about this a lot sooner, but it took me almost a year to figure it out!
I’m not sure there’s really much of a strong point to this realisation, I just thought it was kind of cool for me to understand my writing process a bit better.
Do you feel like writing or creating specific things at different times of year? Or do you focus on the one project no matter the weather outside? Either way, as long as it works for you!
This week’s photo is a bit of an odd one. First of all, what is this thing? Secondly, is that seaweed on it? Thirdly, and most importantly, how did it get in the sea?
Shocked that it took me so long to work out,
Every reason for my Springtime drought.
As months go past and my ideas change,
Surely focusing will get easier with age.
Or perhaps I’ll always be the fickle type,
New ideas taking old places overnight.
As long as they all get finished someday,
Laid back approaches will be the best way!
Thank you for reading!
6 thoughts on “The Side Effect of Seasons”
I like the way you have a book project for each season. Actually, not a bad idea. You’d struggle writing about a man who loves winter on a hot summer day. So a book for each season might be your solution. Creativity comes in all shapes, sizes and seasons, our task is to find a way that works for us. So, your photo prompt, we’ll, stranger things have come out of the sea in Scotland… That’s another story… The thing that came out of the sea…
Thank you very much! Yeah I think it’s difficult especially when the time of year is clearly apparent in the story.
And that’s true, there’s definitely a lot of strange things that get chucked into the sea here, endless inspiration for more weird tales! : )
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I think that seasonal changes absolutely affects everything on the planet whether we are conscious of it or not. All living creatures are hardwired to respond to it in one way or another. Becoming aware of it and reflecting on how it affects us is a unique gift that can add to your creativity and create a layer of subtext to a story that that is enriching to a story overall.
I think that’s very true, sometimes we just go through the motions without really thinking about why, so it’s been interesting to have this realisation! : )
Interesting to read about your theory and I think you must be quite sensitive to seasonal changes.
Thank you, yes I think so