I know it’s not a popular opinion, but I find autumn to be the most productive time of the year for my writing. I’ve written more about how I write with the seasons here, but autumn is the best time of the year for me to refresh everything. Here are a few tips to help you to create an autumnal writing refresh:
#1. Use the energy:
Most academic calendars (at least in North America) start in September and this creates a pretty exciting energy. Everything feels fresh and new; for students, for teachers, and even for parents. Although I am neither a student nor a ‘traditional’ teacher (I teach classical voice), I still feel this energy, and I’ve found that getting in on the excitement has great ramifications for my writing productivity!
Even if you are not a member of the schooling world anymore, this energy is infectious, and most work environments feel a similar surge when people return from their summer holidays, and productivity increases. Cash in on this energy, and use it to your advantage!
#2. Get outside!
Seriously. This is THE best advice for an autumn refresh. This is a season of true beauty and inspiration. I’m very lucky that I live in such a beautiful place (and live minutes away from a natural wetland area), but I make a concerted effort to get out into the world, particularly in autumn. There is something about the crisp air, warm sun, azure sky, and that beautiful blaze of autumn leaves changing that set my mind on fire!
#3. Savour the season:
Autumn is a pretty wonderful season for holidays, as well as a season full of sensory delights. There is an abundant feast for the eyes of course, but the world is alive with the sounds of birds flying south, of crisp leaves crunching, and woodland creatures busily preparing for winter. The smells of the season are pretty heavenly too – pumpkin (though much maligned) is lovely, as are the cinnamon, and nutmeg that often accompany them.
There is Thanksgiving (we Canadians celebrate on October 9th this year!), Halloween, and this is season is particularly celebratory for me personally since I have several autumnal weddings to attend! Savouring the season means leaning into all that autumn has to offer, and the more you do it, the more you’ll feel inspiration and creativity course through you!
Do you find autumn to be a good time for your writing? Tell me in the comments below!
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