Spring is here (or right around the corner, I promise)!
And what does that mean? It means that everything is waking up and feeling frisky!
Why not have your character(s) interact with this transition of the seasons from cold and gray to blustery and bright? Have your most curmudgeonly character experience an awakening, an enlightening of the spirit that comes with blooming flowers and birds singing in the mornings–maybe even feeling young again?
Or have your youngest character fly a kite, dig up worms, or roll down a hill of fresh green grass. Or have a character who is “coming of age” experience the utter gleeful hopefulness that comes with realizing the potential hijinks to be had during spring break. And continue writing those hijinks with afore-mentioned dancing and love-making.
Of course, Spring isn’t only a time of sweet, warm weather. If your character (or you) can’t bear too much happy, or if it just doesn’t work with your story, go for the tumult of storms, surprise snows, terrifying winds, and the possibility of floods that comes with the seasonal defrost.
The key here is capturing the experience of the season while it is happening right outside your window. I apologize if Spring hasn’t arrived on your doorstep yet, but even just the longing for Spring can stir up that craving to “wake up” again from the cold. To feel what it’s like to walk barefoot on freshly thawed earth. To catch the heady fragrance of flowers in bloom.
So, take the challenge and put those desires into the hearts of your characters and see what they do with the urges of Spring!