Spring is coming, and though I’m happy the winter is ending in terms of weather, I also feel a little sad My prime seasons for writing are winding down and giving way to the seasons of editing.
I ran across a post on Writers On The Storm titled Using the Seasons to Fix a Blah Setting that really got me thinking (yep, you’ve been warned). When we consider the seasons of our story, how well do they correlate with the seasons we personally love, and do those times of year translate into the seasons in which we write best? (As soon as I had this post ready to go, I found Lydia Sharp’s Seasonal Writing Disorder on the same topic.)
Years ago, I read in one of Natalie Goldman’s books (possibly Writing Down the Bones) about identifying the ebb and flow of our creative process (and I still think of it in terms of fertile and fallow seasons) and saw a cycle that is very similar to my own. This student wrote for five to six months and spent the rest of the year speaking, teaching, promoting, and filling up the writing well. I felt less crazy and lazy after reading that.
Most writers work successfully year-round and produce words without trouble no matter the calendar. Some of us definitely see an uptick in production and creativity in a specific season or two throughout the year. The comments on the post mentioned above also included at least one writer who prefers fall but starts new novels in the spring.
For those who know me well, they know any conversation about the creative process has my full attention. Fascinating stuff, isn’t it? I work best from mid-fall to early spring My brain is just more “awake” during that time of year. I will know by the end of 2014 if that translates into my word counts as I’m actually keeping track for a change.
How do you select a season for a story? Twice I’ve chosen summer, which is my least favorite season of the year. I’d love to know why. Does your go-to season for stories match or contrast your personal favorite page on the calendar?