Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Season

Season often refers to a time of year. There are the obvious seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter, and others such as holiday season, barbecue season and silly season (a slow news period, when insignificant events can become headlines news). 

To be influenced by the seasons is the behave seasonally or in a seasonal manner.





Animals are often said to be in season, which can either mean being ready to breed, or when it's considered acceptable to hunt them.

Season can also mean a proper or suitable time, a time devoted to a particular activity (cricket season), or to flavour food with seasoning. Historically 'the season' referred to the time of year devoted by the rich and upper claesses to social activities, in order to find someone equally rich and posh to marry.


If a person, or object is seasoned, it means they're not young, but generally in a good way. A seasoned writer will know to avoid some beginner mistakes, such as seasoning your work with too many adverbs, seasoned wood doesn't split when it's made into doorframe.

As it's the first Wednesday of the month, it's time for an Insecure Writer's Support Group post. This months optional question is – It's spring! Does this season inspire you to write more than others, or not?

Personally, not. Spring is my favourite season and it does inspire me to write, but also to get out in the garden, to travel, to take long walks, to laze in the sunshine reading a book. As a result, although I may be more inspired, I actually have less time for writing.

How about you? Do you write, or do anything else, according to the seasons?

35 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I feel like I'm well seasoned now!
There's also a lot of yard work to be done in the spring.

Michelle Wallace said...

I don't think that I'm a seasonal writer. When it comes to writing, I'm not really affected by moods/seasons.
It's autumn my end of the globe... still very warm, which is normal for my coastal location.
Happy IWSG Day!

Ronel Janse van Vuuren said...

Loved what you did with this post :-)

Ronel visiting on Insecure Writer's Support Group day: Autumn Decisions

Crystal Collier said...

I'm in a season, that's for sure. I was so proud of myself for getting 1200 words down yesterday...which is pretty sad, but it's what I can do now. It's the season of life. =)

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I like a lot of seasoning on my eggs, chops, and burgers.

M. L. Keller said...

lol This was such a fun post!

Nick Wilford said...

A great exploration of seasons!

The Cynical Sailor said...

I'm not a seasonal writer either. My inspiration comes in fits and spurts, ungoverned by Mother Nature. Cheers - Ellen

emaginette said...

I'm inspired by the new year where all beginnings are possible. ;-)

Anna from elements of emaginette

Chrys Fey said...

Seasons for everything!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Great post and so many meanings for season. No, spring doesn't inspire me to write as it's too bright and sunny (if we're lucky), although I maybe write lighter things then. Much prefer writing in cosy autumn and winter!

Mark Noce said...

I almost prefer bad weather, for writing. Good weather makes me want to go outside and forget about everything else:)

Juneta Key said...

Enjoyed reading about the seasons.. Happy IWSG Day

Diane Burton said...

Silly season: on today's News at Noon, the headliner was a bear in a tree in someone's yard--in the city! Complete with a news crew on site. Loved it. Enjoy spring.

liz young said...

Ah - so I'm seasoned, not old. Thank you, Patsy!
And as far as the other kind of season goes, I am very happy to be back in England where the seasons, more or less, run to a predictable pattern.

Jen_bookworm said...

I always love getting out and enjoying the sunshine when we get it, as sono as spring comes. I look forward to watching Springwatch and getting excited about my upcoming summer holiday. My brain is like the weather though, sometimes it's happy to write and other times it wants to sleep Haha

Patsy said...

There is, Alex.

Patsy said...

I find that all kinds of outside influences affect my writing – not so much the content, as how much I do.

Patsy said...

Thanks, Ronel.

Patsy said...

I don't think that's sad at all!

Patsy said...

Salt on eggs is a must.

Patsy said...

Thank you!

Patsy said...

Thanks, Nick.

Patsy said...

Fits and spurts applies to me too!

Patsy said...

Me too - and each new season can feel like a fresh start.

Patsy said...

Indeed!

Patsy said...

I tend to write more when it rains (which as you know can be any season in Britain).

Patsy said...

Same here, Mark.

Patsy said...

Thanks, Juneta.

Patsy said...

Ha! Yes, that's exactly what I mean.

Patsy said...

Lightly seasoned, Liz.

Patsy said...

I don't watch much TV, but I do enjoy Springwatch. I like watching nature for real too, but that's like a concentrated version.

Susan A Eames said...

That was a great post, Patsy. I had never given any thought to how many ways the word 'season' is used in our language. As for doing things according to the season: well, yes, my veggie patch is definitely influenced by the seasons. And writing? No, I don't think the seasons influence how much or how little I write, but it's an interesting point to ponder.

Susan A Eames at
Travel, Fiction and Photos

Patsy said...

It's surprising how many of our words have multiple meanings – imagine how many more we'd need if none of them did.

Lowcarb team member said...

Times and seasons for everything!
I love the Spring and Autumn.

All the best Jan