Season to Taste

red leaf sHere in Ireland the weather is distinctly autumnal.

Leaves are falling, the apple trees are heavy with fruit, the nights are pulling in and you often can’t see across the garden first thing in the morning. We’re in the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ Keats wrote about so eloquently.

So here’s your creative writing prompt for today:

The seasons.

There’s a twist though (of course). Try writing about a season different to the one you are experiencing right now.  Turn it into a free verse poem of up to 40 lines (because that’s the limit many writing competitions set).

Assuming you are in the Northern Hemisphere, forget about what is happening outside and write about spring, winter or summer. Use your imagination (or memory of personal experience) to create a seasonal experience for your reader. Bring the senses into play: Sight, Sound, Smell, Touch and Taste.

Think about if – and how – we are influenced by the seasons. For example, we don’t have the same considerations as previous generations when it comes to eating seasonally. We can buy fresh strawberries and asparagus in the middle of winter if we’re not mindful of food miles. Open the kitchen freezer and there are even more kinds of unseasonal fodder to enjoy. Modern harvest time doesn’t carry the same significance of say, a hundred years ago.

Does this inspire you to write?

snow on firsWhat about the influence of central heating and air conditioning on our living space and what we wear? Indoors and outdoors can mean all kinds of things in the western world, regardless of the time of year. Then there’s out in the wild, in the countryside, where the elements still have a presence that cannot be ignored.

The effects of that political hot potato Climate Change could be calling you to write…

Every Wednesday afternoon at 5pm (Dublin time) I post a new creative writing prompt and suggest a way in which you can use it. I usually offer suggestions for short stories, flash fiction, poetry, memoir or creative non-fiction.

I began this as a Lockdown project  for my creative writing group members, creating 42 daily writing prompts and exercises, knowing 42 is the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything (as the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams explains in full). It began here. When the 42 days were up, I decided to go weekly instead…