The horrible, oppressive mugginess of summer looks to have gone the way of the Dodo, and the glorious coolness of Autumn is upon us at last.
I don’t like summer. I’m well known for not liking summer or, indeed anything that involves me sweating like a politician caught with identical twins and a family size tub of tutti frutti ice cream. Now Autumn, that’s a whole different kind of beast. I don’t know what it is about the season that I like so much. Is it the cool, fresh mornings? The incredible colours when the leaves begin to turn? Or is it just that Halloween is just around the corner?
Whatever it is, this seems to be the season I get inspired the most. Some people see Autumn as a time of ending and decay. I see it as a renewal. The old is coming to an end so as to make way for the new. And with that comes new possibilities and new ways of looking at things. Oh and pumpkin spice lattes. I don’t who you are, that is some tasty shit right there.
So what the hell has any of this got to do with the ongoing task of writing? Well it’s about renewal and rejuvenation. About looking back on the old stories and seeing what can be done to make them better. And that is what I am currently doing. As a part of my move to Scrivener, I have been testing out various features with old manuscripts and revamping a few old ideas. This review of the old has turned out to be great for getting the creative juices flowing again. I’ve found scribbled notes from long ago that never went beyond the “Hey, I should write that down” stage. I look back at them now and I can now see directions that I would never have thought of at the time. I’m very excited. So much so that I’m hoping to have a little treat for you all by the end of the month. I say hoping as we are going to be moving house shortly so things might go quiet for a while.
So grab that PSL, wrap a scarf around and don your woolly hat; Autumn is here and it’s going to be a whopper.