How Each Season Inspires Me to Write #IWSG


How the spring season inspires me to write

It’s spring! It’s the 1st Wednesday of the month again. That’s when I take part in Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group. I encourage you to check out their website and even sign up for the IWSG Newsletter. Even though it seemed like it would never arrive, spring is here! Today I will explore whether the season inspires me to write, or not, as I answer this month’s IWSG Day question:

It’s spring! Does this season inspire you to write more than other seasons, or not?

The Short Answer

No.  I always want to write.

But…

But each season inspires me to write in a different way.

I believe strongly that there is a natural rhythm throughout the calendar year, which can help us in everything we do, whether it’s celebrating seasons and holidays with family and friends, worshiping God, learning or working. Marketing gurus figured this out, long ago. Why not allow our creative endeavors to be assisted by the calendar?

How each season inspires me to write

How the summer season inspires me to write

Let’s start with how the spring season inspires me to write

Beginning in 2017, I started participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. It’s a wonderful way to start out the year because if for some reason, I don’t get any more blog posts written the rest of the year, I still have content to share (even if it means reposting and A to Z post in November when I’m swamped with holiday preparations).  In order to accomplish this, I write and edit like crazy, beginning in Late February, in preparation for the April challenge.

When A to Z is over, I breathe a sigh of relief and pick up the pieces of whatever book I happen to be writing. Currently, I am getting, “Facing Cancer as a Parent: Helping Your Kids Cope with Your Cancer,” ready for publication. I happen to be in the phase of the final edits and formatting.

How the summer season inspires me to write

For our family, summer means big family get-togethers like a week at the cabin. It also means road trips and vacations. I write more in my journal during the summer months because it’s more portable.  I also tend to choose a fresh project to work on at the cabin. Some people might wonder why I work while I’m on vacation. If I go more than a day or two without writing, I can really get into a slump. Writing at least a little bit each day keeps the pump primed.

Strange things happen in the summer that inspires me to write in ways I often don’t. For example, last year there was a power outage that left us using candles to light our house and, of course, no computer to write with. I grabbed a book of story starters and began to write a short story idea involving a power outage. It was an idea I would never have had on a regular day.

How the summer season inspires me to write

How the autumn season inspires me to write

The summer fun is winding down and the new routine of the school year invites new ideas and goals I typically turn in my journal for a schedule and my laptop. I help my focus along by listening to instrumental music through my earbuds so the squabbling of my homeschooled kids doesn’t drive me crazy. They do their work in the living room on their own laptops, or with notebooks and pencils.

I usually have some concrete goals that I try to achieve in the fall. One year, I participated in NaNoWriMo and finished my first draft in a month. I still haven’t finished revising it.  As a middle-aged woman with a lot of irons in the fire, I opted out last year.  I do have an idea for a future book, though.

How the winter season inspires me to write

I live in Minnesota, so when winter arrives I hunker down and avoid going outside at all costs. This gives me a great 5-month opportunity to write.  I try to finish any projects that I can before the end of the year. I begin thinking about my goals for the next year and what it will take to accomplish them. I also get as much of my content calendar written as possible, so I always have plenty of ideas simmering on the back burner.

Each season inspires me to write in different ways from the others, and spring is no exception. But, it seems my actual output is pretty steady throughout the year.

How the winter season inspires me to write.

How do the seasons affect your life?

What are YOUR thoughts?

I’d love to hear in the comment section, below. I appreciate my readers as well as the writing community. To show that appreciation, I use Comment Luv. Just leave a comment below and your latest post will get a link next to it. Thank you!

About Heather Erickson

I am an author, writer, and speaker and homeschooling mom of 3. Since doctors diagnosed my husband, Dan with stage IV lung cancer in 2012, I’ve focused my writing and speaking on helping cancer patients and their families advocate for themselves and live life to the fullest, in spite of their illness. My goal is to help people face cancer with grace.

My books The Memory Maker’s Journal and Facing Cancer as a Friend: How to Support Someone Who Has Cancer, are available at Amazon.com.

I also blog about living with cancer at, Facing Cancer with Grace.

 

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12 comments on “How Each Season Inspires Me to Write #IWSG

What lovely reflections on the seasons. I really like that idea of a short story about a power outage – what a fun writing prompt. Good luck with getting your next book ready for release.

I think what that means–that every season inspires you–is that you are a writer. You’re stuck with that, dear Heather!

Five months of winter? Eeek.

I’ve never really felt like the seasons inspired me to write more. If anything, the cold winter months will get me to write more because I’m not going outside as much.

Thank you, Ellen. I could use the luck. I am banging my head against a wall trying to format it. Have a great week!

I’ll take it, Jacqui. Enjoy a much needed day off 🙂 I hope it’s as beautiful where you are as it is here!

Hi Liz. Minnesota isn’t for the faint of heart 🙂 Often we have the furnace and the A/C running within days of one another.

Hi Patricia. I’m with you. I love hunkering down in the cold season, avoiding going out as much as possible. Writing is the perfect thing to do during those times.

Hi Heather, it’s lovely to meet another am-going-to-be-published-one-day mystery writer as I work my way through the 13 other “no longer strangers” from Karen’s Profound Journey’s blog.

It’s funny, I thought A to Z was going to seriously hamper my writing, but it had the opposite affect. My WIPs are totally unrelated to my posts, but while writing my posts, my brain played with my WIPs. And when the challenge was done, I’d had a breakthrough!

Hi AJ. I stopped by your site and I think it’s fabulous. Your resource page for writers is really awesome! I look forward to keeping a look out for your book. I saw you are in Sisters in Crime. We have a chapter in Minnesota that I’ve considered checking out.

Hi Jen. It’s so nice to meet you. I love your A to Z. I’m surprised that I didn’t catch it in April. Onomatopoeia is so fun! And you did a beautiful job with it. Your posts really have pizazz!

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