Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Sticky Summers and a Schedule Shift

How is your summer going? 

Is it warm? cold? Long sunny days, too-short hot nights? Sticky ice cream, splashing pools, midnight picnics, and tied-back hair.

When you write about summer, is that how you describe it? Do you fall back on nostalgic themes or common childhood memories? If you can, try to remember the summer descriptions you've read.

They're fairly similar, aren't they?

Writers are excellent at finding new ways to describe old things - but every once in awhile, there is an object (or subject) that is always described in a similar way. I've read a million different passages about angry characters, and many of these are pretty unique. I have also read many descriptions of crushes, and somehow those are all the same.

Is that a bad thing? In my opinion, not necessarily. Nostalgia is a powerful tool, and using familiar words and phrases can evoke it powerfully.

Still, I think new descriptions of old things can also be powerful. What are some new ways to describe summer?

1. It was an all-time cold for the month of July. Sweaters and gloves at BBQs on the fourth.
2. A summer spent in a basement, where the only difference between summer and winter is the louder hum of the air conditioner.
3. Staying in a hotel and going for hikes, as opposed to camping. (Apparently, lots of people hate camping)

What do you think?


Also, I think I'm going to start posting on Tuesdays and Thursdays instead of M/W/F.


Christina Lee said...

Love #2!!!

Sangu Mandanna said...

#2 is great, very post-apocalyptic and cool. I'd totally read that!

The Golden Eagle said...

I like the first and second descriptions, but especially the first. What an image that would be!