Autumn is my favorite season. The cool off of temperature and the warmth of trees and fallen leaves makes me happy. I enjoy the transition of short sleeve to long sleeve, tank top to sweater.
The shifting seasons will aways act as inspiration for a writer’s work. The idea of leaves falling to the ground have spawned endless metaphors and symbols within the written word.
This type of beautiful imagery will never grow old.
All seasons are atmospheric. How we interact with the world and our immediate surroundings change in all four of the seasons. Debatably, Autumn is the most atmospheric time of year.
The sights of Autumn are full of energy and vigor. A line of trees ablaze in red, orange, and yellow can bring beauty among morning, afternoon, and evening.
The color of leaves and their path from branch to ground have been told and retold in various forms of writing. As a creative writer, it is up to us to respond to this seasonal trend and create new ways to express something of repetitive motion.
What items in the world spiral from source to solid surface? What shapes are of rigid and inorganic form? What familiar and rare elements flicker within a leaf’s same shade?
Each word beams in an emotion. Insert language into your story that reflects something warm and cozy. Through Autumn’s sights, color, and decor, we search and collect the things that convey comfy and snug surroundings.
Trees take different form as the seasons come and go. Trees possess an opposite appearance from the first day of fall to the last. From full to bare, how can you capture this natural occurance?
When I think of chilly autumn days where the weather is gray and wind blustery, memories of my family gathered in the living room as the fireplace blazes and crackles, remains ever so permanent in my mind.
Fire and its flames do not have to be written in a dangerous attitude, but rather detailed from a safe and charming viewpoint. A roasting fire can elicit a series of nostalgic memories from within a reader, whether during late summer nights as marshmallows melt, as Christmas snow falls, or as leaves pass by windows.
There is solitude and stillness that a fire can bring to a room, even while its flames dart in directions unexpectedly. When writing of a fire, suggest the shape a log takes as the fire burns. Write of the embers in relation to items that shine in gorgeous ways. Write gently of the shadows that project from the fire.
On top of a fire’s visuals, scent can also be spawned and documented in your writing. How can you write of the smokiness of a fire? How can you describe the shift of scent within the living room as fire burns both during and after? How can the scent of fire create nostalgia within the character?
The tastes of autumn are quite abundant, from sweet to sour, juicy and dry, snack and main dish. Apples in particular are one popular fruit to crunch. These fruits also differ in color just as much as the season’s leaves.
Apples can be sweet and tart. There can be a softness to them, but also a particular crunch as teeth tear through the smooth skin. Apples can be eaten singularly, but can also be used as an ingredient for pies, butter, and beloved cider.
Pumpkin, too, is quite diversified in its edible forms.
How can we write of the flavors in delicious ways that make our readers feel as if they are currently tasting the food? How can we write of flavors we know by heart in creative, yet recognizable ways? How can our teeth and tongue interact with the food differently?
Picking apples from an orchard and selecting pumpkins from a patch are festive ways to interact with the season. Writers should be excited to describe the scenery of these landscapes, capturing the peaceful qualities and the bustling rows as people claim their harvest. How does the time of the day and the light affect the appearance of these landscapes?