It’s Already September?

September is here! That’s means it’s going to be fall very soon where I live. We don’t get much of a summer, that’s probably why I love summer so much. It’s already starting to cool down and leaves on some of the smaller trees started changing a couple weeks ago. But, I also LOVE fall, especially early fall, and next to summer it’s my favorite season. Late fall sucks here of course, because it’s cold and usually starts snowing and I have no love of snow (probably because I do live in a place where the majority of our year is cold and snow).

When it comes to writing, I tend to insert seasons into my books a lot. I almost always make some reference to what season it is, and sometimes it’s a plot point or a big part of the story. For example, The Wicked City takes place in the bitter January cold of Chicago, which not only sets the tone of the book, but helps to show the passage of time–in the two sequels, which take place one right after another, it’s summer of the same year, and the series also ends back in the winter. Also, my Kentucky Haints series utilizes seasons, admittedly in the first one just for the fun of showing off how much I love fall. Lorena is visiting Kentucky during the fall and having lived in a big city most of her life, she is amazed by the foliage. It didn’t really have anything to do with the plot, I just enjoyed writing it!

Do you use the seasons in your writing? What’s the weather like in your part of the world?

Author: Megan Morgan

Paranormal and contemporary romance author.

4 thoughts

  1. Living on the shore of Lake Erie, we have short summers and winters that seem to last forever. I’ve seen our seasons called “almost winter, winter, still winter, and road construction.” It seems the weather knew the calendar date because we have had a couple chilly (though still only long-sleeve-no-coat) days as soon as September showed up. When I start to whine about how long it’s been snowing, one of my Florida friends reminds me about how I always defend my love of four distinct seasons when he talks about his mostly moderate weather.

    I like the idea of showing seasonal changes, rather than saying “three months later,” to show the passage of time in novels. A lot more of the show-don’t-tell we’re supposed to aim for.


  2. I think you just solved a problem I was having with the timeline with a story I am working on. I didn’t want to be constantly quoting dates or make it feel like I was looking through a calendar. The subtle nuances of the change of season could be a good place to start, also to help me root the timeline in some sort of reality. Thanks


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