March 25, 2013

Monday Pep Rally: Writing the Seasons

Monday Pep Rally is a weekly feature where the Misfits post a question for you, the reader, to answer. You can answer on your own blog and link in the comments, or just answer here!

It's been a LOOONNG winter in the wilds of Michigan. I started dreaming months ago of warm summer winds and sunny beaches. It's even made it into some of my writing - I find that in the winter, I write stories that take place in the summer, and when I write in the summer, many of my stories take place in the fall/winter. It's a subconscious thing - like I can't handle being stuck in whatever season I'm currently in.

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I have no idea why that is - if I had my choice, I'd never deal with another Michigan winter again!

But, it's always interesting to see the way the seasons affect the tone and setting of a story. Somehow, my summer-set stories feel lighter, breezier. More romantic.

My winter-set stories feel heavier - full of sweaters and cold temps and heavy coats - being forced to take place inside for the most part almost makes them feel more claustrophobic. Creates more tension.

So how about you guys? Do the seasons in which you write have an effect on where you set your stories? Do you notice a difference when you write in summer versus winter? And do you have a preference about seasons in the stories you read?


Anonymous said...

Stories set in winter don't happen a lot, with me. Probably due to a fear that I'll make myself cold. Spring and fall may be my favorites to write -- when the world's in transition, and either freshest green or gone all red-golden.

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