Fall is probably my favorite season. Fall and spring. As kids we all love summer because we don’t have to go to school (and as a child I loved summer because my birthday is smack dab in the middle of it), but as I got older I started to appreciate the less extreme weather patterns that came with the fall and the spring.
And fall is better than spring because of pumpkins and the color orange.
Anyway, there are about a hundred thousand reasons fall is better than any other season, but we all know what they are so I won’t go into that.
Instead, I’m going to focus on something way cooler: why fall is the perfect season for writing!
The fall is just warm enough to where you don’t feel like your fingers are going to fall off while you type and just cool enough to really let you appreciate the coffee shop on the corner as you’re working. Outdoor writing is less miserable, too, because you don’t have to deal with the crazy hot sun or, you know, snow, either. Instead, you just enjoy the season and get to work!
Snuggle up with some hot tea, cocoa, or maybe even some apple cider with spiced rum (OR butterscotch schnapps), and write! I personally love to have a cup of something warm and autumn-y in my hands when I’m working on a story. It helps keep me focused and calm while I’m hard at work getting my story together.
The sun sets earlier.
Maybe this is just me, but I do most of my best writing either as the sun is going down or just afterward. Unfortunately, I also turn into a zombie after ten at night and I can’t really function anymore. Fall is the perfect medium, where the sun sets just early enough to really give me some excellent writing time but not so early that I get home from work and just want to go to bed. Instead, I put the kettle on the stove and get busy! Also, sunsets are amazing and inspiring.
Pumpkin. Just pumpkin.
Not only are pumpkin-flavored things perfect in every way, did you know that pumpkin is good for your eyes? That’s right. Keep your peepers in tip-top shape while you slave away on your writing by consuming copious amounts of pumpkin goodies. I’m not sure if this really helps keep your eyes from getting tired, especially when these pumpkin flavored things are probably higher in corn syrup than they are in actual pumpkin, but I’m going with it.
Additionally, pumpkin seeds are really good for keeping your brain in proper functioning order, and if you’re writing right, you’re going to be using your brain a lot, so take care of it!
And finally, there is just something about the fall…
This season just puts me in the mood to write. Maybe it’s everything I’ve listed above, or maybe it’s because it makes me nostalgic and generally creative, but I absolutely love writing in the fall. In fact, almost every single project I’ve ever worked on, I’ve done the bulk of my writing between September and November. This season just motivates me to keep on going until I can’t go anymore.
And then winter comes, and I just want to hibernate until the next fall.