I’m always inspired by even the slightest hints of fall in the air: a somewhat cool morning (somewhat, because in Arizona in September a cool morning is one whose low point on the thermometer is 85ish); the muted thump of the marching band’s morning practice at the high school blocks away; Halloween décor and candy in the stores.
This year I’ve been inspired also by the recent blog posts of two other writers: Annie Neugebauer , a heady and poetic post bursting with fall (you should click over and read it, seriously), and this fabulously inspirational post for any time of year over at The Editor’s Blog .
After working myself to a nub for day job #1 from January through June, and an extra workload in the editing jobs through spring, I was hit with some burnout. Summer in Arizona—which by rights should really be called simmer—sometimes does that to me.
August this year was entirely devoted to
staying inside with the A/C cranking finishing edits on my current WIP. I wrote full-time; a thing I’ve never previously had leisure to do. But a combination of events created a situation where the choice seemed made for me—and I went with it.
The outcome of this experiment is I now know what I’ve long suspected: I would have no problem writing full-time. And I look forward to the day when finances will allow for that life. Alas, I am not there yet! But, inspired by intimations of fall I’m back to my schedule of getting up at 5am to write till 8 or 9, then turning my thoughts to whatever tasks day job #1 requires. Still, it’s good to know I have the personality and stamina to write full-time. I’ve always wondered if I could do it.
I am feeling the itch and have begun working on two novels that have been knocking with steadily increasing insistence on my skull – one a fun modern-day romp with metaphysical implications, the other a weightier historical that will require a good deal of research.
Writing events I’m attending this month: The monthly meeting of the ANWW.
The September meeting of the Arizona chapter of the Historical Novel Society.
Creatives: do you have a favorite time of year to write, paint or otherwise be creative? A time of year when you feel more inspired? What are your next projects?