Last week, my daughter returned to school and my son started college after a warm summer break and months of home tuition. It was strange being the only human in the house, having lunch alone, no funny faces being pulled at me through the window while on video calls, no interruptions to my writing to answer maths questions or provide spellings.
Normally, when it’s ‘back to school’ time, the two of them get up reluctantly and trudge off for the day but, this time, after so long in lockdown, they went racing out of the door. They were excited about a fresh start, a chance to see friends and make new ones.
September always seems to bring with it a feeling of fresh starts. With so many of my formative years spent in cycles of education, the month still gives me a ‘back to school’ feeling, a chance to start something new or return to something with fresh perspective.
As writers, we can all embrace this feeling and use it to get ‘back to writing’.
What will you write?
If you’ve taken a break from a piece of writing, you could return to it with fresh perspective or you could try something new. What have you always fancied writing? What have you never tried? Give it a go this month.
Not sure what to write? Here are three ideas:
- Pick a photo you took over the summer and write about the memory. Good or bad, our memories are treasures. In happier times, writing about our memories enables us to relive the joy. In sadder times, writing helps us process what happened and capture learnings for ourselves and future generations.
- Think about a journey you’ve always wanted to take. Research the location and write about what you’d like to experience or write something based on the place.
- In the spirit of going back to school, pick something you’ve always wanted to learn. Maybe it’s to play the piano, paint botanicals, knit a blanket or grow a wild garden. Imagine yourself doing it as you write. Maybe it’ll inspire you to give it a go for real!
September is also a great excuse to treat yourself to new stationery, new books and anything else you enjoy as a writer just as you would do if you were off to school.
Unlike school, however, writing is for life. Keep coming to it anew.