Journal Your Way into a New Season by Brittney Uecker

If you haven’t noticed, spring is in the air here in lovely Lewistown. Though it comes every year, the welcomed shift of a new season always feels like a fresh start and a spark of inspiration. The changes in the air, the sunlight, the scents and sounds come piecemeal, but together catapult us into a whole new environment.

Don’t let the excitement and delight of spring pass you by – take the chance to really soak it in by journaling about the new season. There isn’t a better time to boost your creativity and get yourself thinking in a fresh way. You can write about the changing seasons from an observational perspective, or you can use these observations as a catalyst for a more imaginative story.

To help get you started, here are several journal prompts that are perfect for all ages and styles of writers. If you don’t feel like writing, you can also use these prompts as a jumping-off point for a drawing or other type of artwork. The possibilities are endless.

  • Test your observational skills in the outdoors. Go outside with a notebook and write down five things that you see, four things you can feel, three sounds you can hear, two scents that you smell, and one thing you can taste. This is a great way to observe all the effects that the spring has on your senses.
  • Imagine you are an insect, a bird, a blooming flower, or any other creature. Describe what spring is like from the perspective of this creature.
  • Pretend that “spring fever” is a real condition. Make a list of its symptoms and create a treatment plan for it.
  • Spring cleaning is a great time to get rid of things you don’t need. Make a list of things, both physical and otherwise, that you can let go of this spring.
  • Imagine spring as a person. How would their personality and appearance reflect the season?
Youth Services Librarian Brittney Uecker journaling in the youth area.
Photo credit Hannah Jacobson
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