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Fall, Reading, and Writing...Best Combo Ever!

FALL IS NEAR! Well, sort of.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all about cheap peaches and cherries and squash, but usually by August I'm itching for autumn to come take over with a vengeance. There's a million reasons why, pretty well represented between Pinterest and Tumblr (apparently we are creatures of shared obsessions--) changing leaves! Cider! Scarves! Candles! Halloween! Caramel apples! Halloween! Harvest moons! Halloween!

I also feel like fall pairs pretty darn well with both writing and reading. With any season change comes a new wave of inspiration for writers and readers everywhere, and I can't help but get the warm and fuzzies whenever I see all the extra attention that is drawn to horror fiction when Halloween is near. In YA especially, it's like all these awesome stories show up out of the woodwork and there's new spookies to discover. People suddenly dig ghosts, and monsters, and super stereotyped witches, and clamor for them in their reading lists. There will always be the bitter few who scoff at the increase of interest, somewhere along the line of but we're true fans all year around! but personally I have a hard time feeling down about horror getting a little love from wherever it can.

When I was a kid, reading the tales from books like Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark seemed a whole lot spookier when there was just a slight chill to the air, and the darkness of night came just a little bit earlier. We also got book catalogs at my elementary school in the fall, and I remember marveling at the sparkling covers for the new choose-your-own-adventure Goosebumps books (Trapped in Bat Wing Hall, anybody!?) And on the type of fall day where staying inside is a must, libraries couldn't look more inviting and lovely.

I often wonder if other writers feel especially inspired with their craft during autumn like I do, if the crisp air and crunching leaves and tendency to eat more stews work like magic on anyone else. Siiiigh.

You're alright August, but I'm ready for you to get on along now...

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Amy Lukavics

Amy lurks within the forested mountains of Arizona. When she isn't reading or writing creepy stories, she enjoys cooking, crafting, and playing games across many platforms. She is the author of Daughters Unto Devils (Harlequin Teen 2015) and The Women In The Walls (Harlequin Teen 2016).

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  1. I totally agree! It's easier to think when the weather is cooler, like even our brains get sweaty and slow in the summer. Plus there are fresh school supplies everywhere just screaming potential.

    1. Ooh, good call on the fresh school supplies, Jenni! Yet another wonderful thing to add to the list.

  2. My writing brain goes completely dormant during the summer months. I just spend summer in a blur of sunscreen and sweat and mind-numbing television. It's pitiful, honestly. My writerliness (not a word) starts waking up about now and will be in full form and ready to go by mid-September!

  3. Halloween and sales on stationary. Two of the best things about Autumn coming. Normally I barely get any writing done in the summer. I want to go out, soak up the sun, and see things. September is usually the time I start making plans to participate in NaNo as well.

    And it's a beautiful season. All those oranges, reds, and yellows. Gorgeous!

  4. I love fall. I write horror too, so Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. The cool weather is a nice break from the godawful heat and humidity. And once school starts back for the kids here, things at my day job get a lot less hectic. :D


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