October’s Glory

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group

The question for this month is: What do you consider the best characteristics of your favorite genre?

Because I have a number of favorite genres, that question becomes long in answering. Instead, I’m choosing to write about my favorite month of the year: October.

October’s Glory

As much as I had to see summer end because it means having to shut the windows and doors and blocking the sounds of nature—mostly the birds—I am absolutely thrilled when October arrives. Here are the many reasons why I love it so.

My favorite season, fall, is finally here!

The vibrant and picture-worth colors start arriving. Reds, orange, yellow, lots of various greens and browns, where the trees become a fashion parade of brilliance. Breathtaking around every corner and at every glance. If only those colors could last longer than just a couple weeks.

The air becomes crisp, requiring a light jacket in the morning and evenings. If the temps do warm up a bit, there’s a cool undertone just waiting for the warmer temp to slip up so that it can sneak in again.

The food – Candy corn! Pumpkin pie, the bounty of vegetables from the garden, casseroles, soups, chili!

Cuddling up under a blanket.

SWEATERS! Need I say more?

And, it’s my birthday month. What better way than to celebrate my favorite month, my favorite season, right?

How about you? Do you enjoy October?


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds.

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. This group is all about connecting.


About Diana Stout

Screenwriter, author, former English professor
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8 Responses to October’s Glory

  1. Love October, but this year, in the grey and soggy UK, the trees are a dirty olive, bottle, and dingy brown with black virus spots.
    Wasn’t always like this.
    One crisp and perfect October day, picking sloes for jelly, someone I’d met very recently stopped with a question. I claim to be unromantic. The truth ?
    Maybe I struggle to write romance, because the truth has been so extraordinary.
    IT brain too….
    Novice writer, really must get a website.

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  2. I like fall too. The temperature isn’t too cold yet, and the leaves changing colors are so beautiful. Plus lawn work will be done in the not-to-distant future, and I’ll have more time to write. Hope you have/had a Happy Birthday.

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    • Diana Stout says:

      Nat, I actually like the grayer days of fall because the colors are that much more brilliant. I like the gray days most of the time, matter of fact. I have lots more energy then.


  3. nancygideon says:

    I’m Halloweenaholic! Some people have tubs of decorations for Christmas (I know I do!) but I have them for October 31st! I do up everything (even the pets have stretchy collars in orange and black that are quickly discarded) – Halloween villages, lights, ghosts (non-scary!) hanging from every overhead light and even gigantic bendable spiders that hang out on the front porch (non-scary because Ewwwm spiders!). Being too old to Trick or Treat was devastating but I lived vicariously through my kids and now neighbors grandkids. Yes, I’m the one with THAT house and all the candy!!

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    • Diana Stout says:

      No wonder I like you so much! We share a thrill for the same holiday! I used to have tubs of Halloween decorations, as well. Now I have a pumpkin house that sits out all year. 🙂 Plus, I have lights strung around my office/living room in red, green, and orange lights. Get all the holidays at once. LOL


  4. Halloween ? Best date in my calendar. ( concerns a question asked that day)


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