Creative Writing Prompts Inspired by the Seasons

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Celebrate the seasons with these creative writing prompts.

Writers and artists, and human beings in general, have always been inspired by the seasons. After all, the seasons provide a rotating backdrop for our lives. They mark the passage of time. They represent change–moving on and letting go.

A season can provide a setting for your story or the subject for your poem. Seasons can function as metaphors. They can bring challenges for characters in the form of severe weather and natural disasters. Even the absence of seasons will affect a piece of writing.

On a tropical island, the weather doesn’t change much. Seasons barely exist in some places, and that shapes the rhythm of life there. On the other hand, in more common climates, seasons dictate daily life: plant in the spring and harvest in the fall.

Today’s creative writing prompts look to the seasons for inspiration.


Creative Writing Prompts

All writers get stuck. Call it writer’s block, lack of inspiration, or absence of the muse. Sometimes, ideas just don’t come easily. That’s when creative writing prompts and other writing exercises can keep your creativity going.

These prompts are an accessible way to jump-start a writing session when you’re fresh out of ideas. Use these creative writing prompts to write a poem or story, jot down a few thoughts in your journal, or compose a blog post.

Summer

  • The sun is shining, the kids are out of school, and there are long lines at fairgrounds all across the country. It’s the season of heat, bright colors, and tan lines.
  • You’re relaxing in an easy chair with the fan blowing in your face and an iced drink by your side. The aroma from a nearby barbecue makes your mouth water. In the distance, you hear children splashing in the water and squealing with delight.
  • Four kids are meeting up at the movies for a summer afternoon matinee.
  • A woman is walking alone on a beach in the summer twilight (or at dawn).
  • Two words: road trip.
  • Flip-flops, tank tops, sundresses, and shades. The attire of summer is light and breezy. Who’s wearing what?

Fall

  • In the autumn, the leaves turn and then drift to the ground. The air grows cooler, our clothes grow warmer. School starts. Harvest is just ahead. Before you know it, the holidays will be in full swing.
  • On the first day of school, two best friends discover a terrifying secret about one of their new teachers.
  • A man is raking leaves on his lawn. He pauses for a breath and glances at his neighbor’s lawn. They never rake their leaves, he thinks to himself.
  • Halloween is just around the corner and you have a lot do this year: candy, costumes, and pumpkin carving. The house smells like apples and caramel. You look outside and see something astonishing…
  • Now that it’s off-season, there are tons of deals on flights and hotels. You can take a vacation for half of what it would cost in the summer. Where do you go and why?
  • It’s a great time of year for a garage sale. You can have one of your own or take a Saturday to tour all the sales in your neighborhood. Maybe you’ll find a unique treasure with special qualities.

Winter

  • It’s really starting to get cold. Snow, rain, and cloudy skies loom overhead. But there’s a bright spot, too: all those twinkling, colorful holiday lights. Winter is warmed by crackling fires, hot cocoa, and thick blankets.
  • All the kids are looking forward to winter break. There’s a school-sponsored ski trip, and one girl is aching to go so she can try snowboarding for the first time.
  • Puppies and kittens aren’t always born in spring. This winter, a special puppy is born, one that will change people’s lives.
  • Get out your hockey sticks, skates, and skis. Winter sports are in full swing. Are you on a team or do you play solo?
  • It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Wait–no it’s not! The holidays are cheesy. Bah humbug!
  • Hot soup, freshly baked bread just out of the oven, and a steaming cup of cocoa set the stage for a perfect winter night.

Spring

  • From budding flowers to torrential downpours, the entire season provides a wide canvas of colors, shapes, and sounds.
  • The only place anything interesting is happening is outside. One kid in a big city is bored. School won’t be out for a couple of months. There are no holidays to look forward to. He or she wishes the family lived in the country. (Where do kids get these ideas?)
  • There is a light drizzle. The skies are mostly cloudy but the sun is doing his best to show his face. A man and woman stand beside a car outside of a convenience store. They are arguing.
  • There are seeds to plant! It’s time to create your very own garden. Will it be a flower garden or a vegetable garden? Maybe you’d prefer a grove of trees instead?
  • This just might be the last snowfall of the year. What do you do? Go sledding? Build a snowman? Head to the pond for spring skating?
  • Everyone is getting tired of the cold and eagerly anticipating summer. But this summer is going to bring more than sunshine and easy days at the beach . . .

Be Imaginative and Have Fun with These Creative Writing Prompts!

If you use any of these creative writing prompts, come back and tell us how they worked for you. Feel free to make up your own seasonal creative writing prompts and leave them in the comments. And keep writing.

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About Melissa Donovan
Melissa Donovan is a website designer and copywriter. She writes fiction and poetry and is the founder and editor of Writing Forward, a blog packed with creative writing tips and ideas.

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