Does the weather have you reminiscing about long days spent lazing on a beach or by a pool? Though it may be more complicated than usual to actually do those things, you can certainly still write about your favorite summer activities.
Ideas to Write About
- Your best/worst vacation (And no, it does not have to read like your childhood “What I Did During Summer Vacation” essays.)
- Enjoying a summer activity like gardening, swimming, taking walks, napping in a hammock, or hosting a cookout (Really, whatever you want to write about here works.)
- A peaceful, beautiful outdoor space you love, whether part of your property or a place you visit
- An outing with family/friends, like a picnic or trip to an amusement park
- Your childhood summers vs. childhood summers now (You could write specifically about the experiences of your kids or kids of people you know, or just in general.)
- A cherished childhood summer object like the Donald Duck sprinkler that could entertain you for hours or the shovel and bucket you used to build the most elaborate sandcastles
- How summertime makes you feel, both physically and emotionally
Genres to Try
- Memoir and personal essays, which are creative nonfiction, lend themselves very well to writing about your summer experiences.
- Poetry, haiku in particular, could work for capturing your outdoor adventures.
- Short stories allow you to create fiction based on your summer inspiration without a major time commitment. They’re a great genre for bringing to life in-the-moment, present-focused creations as well.
- Don’t have enough time to pen a short story, but love the idea of writing fiction? Flash fiction, which is ” … characterized by being very short, typically consisting of only a few hundred words” (“Flash Fiction”), could be an option for you. Writing it still provides an intriguing challenge, and it could be a great exercise in eliminating wordiness.
- Novels are a more intense commitment but also a worthwhile way for you to create worlds and stories from what inspires you.
- Genre fiction (like mysteries or science fiction, to name just a couple categories) provides a formula you can follow to create a more typical piece or adjust to put your own spin on it.
- Informative nonfiction lets you explore seasonal topics in another way, and you could learn a lot from the research process.
“Flash Fiction.” Lexico, Oxford UP, 2020, www.lexico.com/definition/flash_fiction. Accessed 2 June 2020.