Summer, Fall, Winter: Lessons for Authors

Tomorrow (hopefully!) I am going to experience the first snow in my life. Yeah you read it right. It doesn't snow in India. At least not where I come from and whichever country I have ever visited had snow right after I left! So, I am all excited to welcome the snow (though all my friends are falling in to the pit of gloom complaining!). Funnily it was only yesterday I took this photo capturing the change of season and the approaching winter. And now I am going to face snowfall in October!

The suddenness of the news got me thinking. What can we as authors learn from this? Learn from weather, you say? Yes, my idle brain always comes up with something weird. So, here is what I came up this week.

Fall, the shedding of leaves, the vibrant colors around after a sunny summer is like the after-glow of success. Things that have gone well. But eventually it fades and comes the winter which in many ways is the downslide of whatever we are doing. Like no one is buying your books, words are drying up on paper AND your head, or no one is reading your blog. In short, all the gloomy things that we as writers experience.

Yet look at the brighter side. It is during those chilly winters of an author's life that we work the hardest, write the best. All of this so that we can experience the summers of our life because that is how we reach the beautiful autumns, the after-glow of success. See, its like a cycle!

So, do not ever give up because things are not going well. As some wise sage once said, it is going to pass.

So, take heart and gear up for a fun weekend! Happy weekend to all!

PS: And please don't hate the snow. Let me experience the white, fluffy, snowflakes (at least that is what I read about snow fall.) 


  1. I wanted to add that including a specific season in your novel, allows your readers to use their five senses. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I LOVE the snow--- when it's white. When it's been around so long that it's more grayish brown than white... not so much. I'm excited for you to experience your first snowfall!

  3. @Geraldine - I agree! Weather can be a good way of setting a scene and explaining a scene that can be multi-sensory. I think the weather change here can be quite inspiring! :)

    @Peggy - Thanks Peggy. I cannot wait! My husband is giving me all weird looks because he has lived in Calgary and loathes snow! haha...

  4. Great post Shilpa, I would not have made that connection. It's always good to have little reminders that as writers wel'll have both ups and downs and to use the downs productively and know that something better is coming!

    And enjoy your first snow! I live in Minnesota, so I love winter! Hot chocolate, sledding and cuddling by the fire!

  5. It snowed yesterday morning at your place. And, it was bad, I heard from a friend. I love winter, I am from Himachal, India. BTW, it's a great season to write about romantic stuff.:)

  6. I hope you enjoyed your first snow. I enjoy the snow, even though I have lived in New England my whole life (over 30 years). It still holds so much magic for me. Right now I am without power because of this rare October snow- but am thankful for libraries that are allowing me to stay warm and get connected. :)

    I found you through Ro Goodman and signed up to follow you. When you have a chance- please stop by and follow the blog for my middle grade novel that I am hoping to get published.

    Take care-
    Jess- although I may show up as Fairday, the main character from my novel. I can't figure out why that happens and I can't fix it. :)

  7. @Saru - It was bad! We had no power till about yesterday. That is why so slow in responding. But then the snow itself was wonderful. A memorable first snow for all the wrong reasons! LOL! Himachal is such a beautiful place! All this must be so bland to you. Hehe...

    @Jess - It snowed in New England too?? The storm was bad. Imagine my first experience with snow turned out to be snow storm! haha...but it was ok. We had no electricity too but thankfully our heating was fine. Thank you for signing up! I know I needed some...hehe. New follower at your site. It is beautiful and very interesting. I am going to be a regular there, I am sure!


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