For a while, I’ve been thinking about how the turning of the seasons affects the way I write.
In spring, I’m full of ideas. There’s energy, there’s a sense of possibility; every conversation or contact seems to spark a new project or plan. Come summer, some of those projects need sunshine, feeding and attention, while others have to be weeded out. In autumn, I’m starting to see some of the ideas ripen into chapters, stories, novels. There’s a ‘back to school’ energy about the crisp air, a willingness to get back to the desk. Winter is quieter, often a time to finish a first draft or start work on edits, polish and shape my work from the warm cocoon of my study.
I wondered if other creative types also feel a seasonal rhythm to their work, so I’ve begun what I hope will be a series of Creative Year conversations. First up is the amazing Katie Rose, a singer, conductor, composer and writer who loves to sing, and to help people sing. I was lucky enough to sing with Katie’s aptly-named Welcome Choir in London over the past few years.
Katie released a new album of jazz-influenced songs, Flame, this July. We talked about what’s inspiring her right now, the creative process, ‘squirrel season’ and current projects. You can listen on my YouTube channel here. And do check out Katie’s website, The Rose Window, for news of her music and other projects.