I love spring time, the sweet scent of flowers in bloom, their color splashed across the fields, the blue sky, the bright yellow sun, the guilt. Wait, the what? Yep, you heard me right, the guilt. We writers may deny it but come spring time we all feel it. The weather is perfect, the trees are budding, and the flowers are practically begging to be picked, but we feel guilty if we don't stay inside and write.
Well cast that guilt aside fellow writers. You've been cooped up inside all fall and winter and may or may not have been writing for months. Either way, don't let guilt lock you away from all that beauty and sunshine. Experiencing life is part of what makes our writing worth reading. Without taking time to get our hands in the dirt, plant something, till something, or just go for a walk on a nice day, our writing will be lacking. If your word count ends up being zero for a day or two don't sweat it as long as you got out and experienced something that will enrich your writing.
Writing is all about engaging the reader and what better way to do that then by using the senses. During spring time our senses are hightened, take advantage of that. Get out and smell the flowers, feel the breeze or sunshine, see the sights, taste the berries, and hear the birds. If the guilt is too much then take a notebook, jot down what your senses pick up, make a writing excercise out of it. You might surprise yourself and end up writing something spectacular.
Heather, this is the perfect post at the perfect time, thank you! I'm going to put on my walking shoes and get out there. It's a beautiful morning in Seattle (go figure). Time to smell the flowers and get inspired.ReplyDelete
Great post, Heather! I took a day to plant a few new hyacinth in my garden. It did wonders for my revision brain.ReplyDelete
Heather, This is excellent! Also, in align with your blog at http://heathermccorkle.blogspot.com/2011/04/birth-of-idea.html ... Inspiring!ReplyDelete
The garden is the best place to: Birth an idea. Find inspiration. Work through problems.
I have the best time working through ideas, and thinking about my story in the yard. Nature and relaxation... and mindless activity, enables me time to think.
Don't feel guilty. Your work will get better stepping back and thinking about it, while out in nature.
Heather, this is such excellent advice, and I need to follow it! Right now it's beautiful outside (So Cal) and I'm inside on my laptop. If I could see my screen outside, I'd just take it with me!ReplyDelete
Linda, good for you! I just got back from a hike myself and am jotting down notes. I love how it get's my brain working!ReplyDelete
L.J., I love hyacinth! Planting is an excellent time to reflect on writing.
Karlene, you saw the connection between my posts, I love that!ReplyDelete
Julie, we all need to! LOL! Oh wow, So Cal, yeah that would be some guilty indoor writing for sure! Take your pen and notebook. :)
Thanks! Needed this today.ReplyDelete
Agreed! Spring goes by way too fast in my neck of the woods, so thank you. I needed a bit of a push.ReplyDelete
LOL My characters wouldn't let me do that if I tried. Fortunately they let me go running. But that's mostly so I can figure out my plot problems at the same time. :DReplyDelete
I walk and hop a mile in the park (lots of doggie do and puddles this time of year) By the time I'm done, I can't wait to get back and write.ReplyDelete
Since the weather warmed up, I've been sitting outside on my screened-in porch and reading. It's been like a vacation! It's inspired me enough to actually start working on a synopsis. ;)ReplyDelete
I thanked you earlier for your New Follower's award (and what a great idea), but, life being life, I just now passed it on. I gave you an appreciative shout-out on my post.ReplyDelete
Guilt? What's that? LOL! I think I skipped past the guilt station a long time ago. Hahaha.. But I'm lovin' the blue skies and summerlike heat in S. Cal! And I said good-morning to the red-tailed hawk that circles above our local radio station. And on my drive home from work, I tailgated a transport truck just so I could get a good whiff of its cargo, thousands of freshy-picked sweet onions! :-)ReplyDelete
A. Lockwood, I'm glad I could help!ReplyDelete
Lydia, me too! It's very short lived here too. Anything I can do to help, I'm happy to. ;)
Stina, doubly beneficial, I love that!
Em-Musing, oh no! LOL! Sounds like someone needs to sell pooper scoopers in your neighborhood!ReplyDelete
LB, spring is a great time to get in some reading! Good for you!
Kittie, thank you so much, I'm honored! I'll be over to check it out soon.
Wub2Write, sounds like you have the spirit of spring down! Good for you! :)