Written from: Guestroom, late evening
Many of you are headed back to school or are sending kids back to school. It’s a time of renewal; the start of a new adventure. Even if you’re not part of the back-to-school movement this year, its easy to relate to the refreshing feeling this time of year. The change of seasons into fall can be a springboard for change. If you’ve been getting out of the habit of writing, or feeling like your writing is getting stale, starting a new school year or just a new season can spark inspiration.
I’ve always loved the back-to-school/fall season. The free spirited, unstructured mood of summer is fun, but there’s something invigorating about new supplies (adults need new office gear too!), a crispness to the air, and the atmosphere of new opportunities. It makes me want to set goals, write lists, and revamp old projects.
I used to get a new journal every fall. Twenty or so journals later, I’m getting close to being a hoarder. I think journaling is a great way to get some direction when you’re in a new phase of life. Journals can be used for all sorts of things besides just writing down your thoughts for the day. I have journals to track fitness goals, hold inspirational quotes, respond to books I’ve read, hold writing ideas, and more. I can point to each journal and give it a purpose, even if I’ve only used a few pages of the book. While it’s not necessary to hoard journals the way I do, an attractive book can be inspirational by giving you a place to express yourself that’s safe and private. No one ever has to see your thoughts on the latest book you read, or all the snippets of dialogue you’ve gathering in a writing idea journal. And as you look back on those journals in the future, you can see how you’ve grown in your creative process.
So, what do you think? Are you a journal person? What are your favorite back-to-school/fall supplies? How does the new season inspire your writing goals? Comment below with your thoughts.