As Labor Day approaches and fall along with it. I remember being a kid and starting to school (for my first few years we didn’t start until the day after Labor Day), and I remember in high school playing football. So I pose a little exercise to flex those mental muscles for my writing readers out there. Try and truly remember that first day of elementary/junior (or middle)/high school or college or try and remember that favored fall activity football/fairs/fall festivals whatever it might be.
Really concentrate on these and see if you can capture into words the joy/anxiety/nervousness/fear/elation that you may have felt. Can you write the story from the first person view as you experienced it and convey that to a reader. Really let someone get into your head and feel what you felt?
I realize that some of those days are further gone than others, but I find that just relaxing and closing my eyes and concentrating helps to bring back some of the experiences and in some cases you may have a family story involving it. I know my very first day of school has a couple of stories that my parents love to tell people. This may seem like a pointless exercise to you, but I assure you if you can put the reader in your shoes for that experience, then you are doing good work, plus it’s a mental exercise, when’s the last time you worked out your mind?