The month of September marks the end of summer and brings whispers of fall. In some parts of the world, the leaves will begin to convert their pigment, the weather will feel a little more brisk, and new colors will sprout in retail stores. Some will start a new life in a different city, make friends at a new school or alter their field of work with a new job. Some of us may feel a difference in ourselves as we have learned to grow through the passing year. A season of change is definitely in the air for many, and what a great time it is to write about the transformations around us.
Don’t let these moments pass you by. It is the perfect opportunity for any artist to embrace this cycle of nature. With all the holidays in tow, some may find it difficult to find the time to write, but fall brings a plethora of topics to explore:
- Write what it feels like to be the first leaf to change color. You could compare it to the birth of a first child or a bird learning how to fly. Perhaps it is parallel to letting go of your teenager as he/she goes to college. Use an unusual metaphor to describe this significant change.
- Is there a war among the heat from the sun and the chill of autumn air? Write about the inner conflicts of summer having to surrender to the fall weather. Compare it to an event changing in your own life.
- Soon the smells in the air will change from suntan lotion and pineapples, to pumpkin pie and apple spice. The colors will transform from bright to dark. How do these changes make you feel? Describe them to someone who may not have the senses to see, smell and taste them.
- Bare your soul like the trees shedding their skins. Why must we molt like the oak trees? What happens to those pieces of ourselves that fall to the ground? Does anyone take notice of the changes? Be the tree.
- Create your own version of fall. Who decides what colors we should wear or the foods we should eat during this season. How would you change it? Do other parts of the world follow suit? How is fall different in other countries?
- Where have you experienced the perfect fall day? Describe the settings, the sounds and the smells. Tell us about the most fascinating places you have been to see the seasons change. Where would be the ideal place to make the transformation with nature?
Written by: Donna J. Sanders
Donna is a freelance writer and blogger in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the author of Ataraxia, Cardboard Signs, and Devour Me.
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