Welcome to Writing Prompt Pit Stop! This week marked the autumnal equinox on September 22 (my birthday!) at 4:44 P.M., or as a lot of people call it – the beginning of Fall. Fall happens to be my favorite time of year, and not because of the reason previously mentioned in parentheses. I love the warm days and cool nights – sweatshirt and jeans weather; I love football, I also love the way the light changes – do you ever notice the difference in how the shadows fall? Or how the sunlight hits the houses right at dusk around this time of year? When it was legal (around these parts) I loved the smell of burning leaves. As a child I loved those leaves raked in a pile, and then the chance to go jump in them and giggle with my neighborhood friends. I suppose kids still like to do things like that? I just saw a video clip on World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer the other evening that was of a dog enjoying a big pile of leaves. That Husky was still having some “old-fashioned” fun.
In addition, Fall used to mean back-to-school, at least we made it to September and after Labor Day – so one could associate school clothes with the cooler weather instead of how students today that need to wear lighter clothes because they’re going to school in the heat of August (and in some places year around). Fall also means apple cider, pumpkin pie, and the leaves changing color:
The season not only gives us football, but it marks the World Series, and before Winter gets here – so does basketball. And if that weren’t enough excitement there’s the “Fall” Holidays: Halloween and Thanksgiving. I imagine by now you’re starting to guess where the I’m leading you with the prompt this week. If you guessed you’re going to write about Autumn/Fall, then you’re right on target. Here’s prompt fourteen:
“Falling for Autumn”
1) Think about some of the autumns of your childhood. What was it like in your classroom? What did the air smell like? Who were your friends? What outfit could you not wait to wear back-to-school? What games did you play outside? Were you able to stay out until the streetlights came on? What were some of the sounds of autumn back then? What are some of the sounds you notice now? Are they the same or are they different? You can continue thinking about autumns of your life – what was high school like? Did your school get to have bonfires? What about Homecoming? Fall dances? After high school was it college or marriage? Either way you can just go through and make lists of different memories of Autumn/Fall in your daybook. As always, you can write on each memory that comes to mind for 10 minutes or until you exhaust the memory.
2) After you have some memories written in your daybook, then you’re ready to start mining your writing for poems or stories, plays or memoir. Whatever your genre of choice is Fall, as any season, can give you so much to write about. I believe I’ve mentioned before that I don’t believe in writer’s block – there’s always something to write about…even if it doesn’t seem exciting at first. If you stick with it, the good stuff will come. Have patience with yourself.
3) Don’t hesitate to take some of your own memories and give them to a fictional character – sometimes they can take those memories and turn them in a way that you didn’t, or couldn’t, if you stick with writing a memoir. Again, it’s up to you as to how you handle your subject matter…after all, you’re the writer!
4) After you’ve written that story or poem, or one of the other genres – see what you can do to pare it down, or add to your work (if needed), and then as always: revise, revise, revise…and when you think you’re done revising…do it one more time!
As with the other prompts, I believe you will find that this works well with whatever genre you choose!
As with all writing, writing about “Fall” should be fun! And I remind you that if you ever want to share any successes or attempts that you get from these prompts, don’t hesitate to let me know. You can contact me here.
Look for another prompt next Wednesday! Until then, keep writing!