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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Late Spring - IWSG May 2018

It's IWSG Day.  The goal of this blog hop is 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. IWSG is the brainchild of Alex Cavanaugh, our brilliant ninja leader. Co-hosts this month are, JQ Rose, C. Lee McKenzie, Raimey Gallant, & E.M.A Timar. 

 

This month's optional question: It's spring! Does this season inspire you to write more than others, or not? 

 

Writing has been a struggle lately, but spring helps. Here in New England, this winter arrived late and held on. Even now, we’re wearing our heavy coats. This morning, before leaving for work, I stuffed a pair of leather gloves into my pockets.


But there’s this. The other day I drove down my street and was astonished to see a batch of daffodils in full bloom in front of a stone wall.  The weather has been so wretched, I forgot the sun is warmer and things are coming to life underground. Today, no word of a lie, I crowed out loud when driving by a rhododendron purpling up. Yes! A reminder. There’s always hope.

And, the same way this arrival of our delayed spring gives me faith, I know my writing will eventually blossom, too. Right now, ideas percolate underground, looking for the right fertilizer to generate growth. They’ll surface at some point. It's all about trust. Just like I know the trees will knock out their Kelly green leaves, I also have to believe that somewhere deep down in me, little seeds germinate. I have to take heart from my many springs, accept that while I'm not in charge of the calendar, like the tiny spears fingering up in my garden, at some point words will poke through.

I could sweat this slow time. Call myself in a slump. Moan about writer’s block and so on. But I won’t. Experience tells me to hang on, to be patient. Just as spring shows it’s face when it’s good and ready, my words will eventually form buds. When they do, I’ll pluck early blossoms and gather them into a story.

19 comments:

Jan Morrison said...

Are we sisters separated at birth? Yes, yes, yes to this post! Knowing that there will be new beginnings or goings on if we wait a bit. Trust. Thank you.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Spring is coming and so will your inspiration to write again.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Love this post! It makes me feel happy and hopeful, just like Spring. :)

Joanne said...

excellent gardening/writing analogy. Indeed, all in good time....enjoy some spring - I'll send warmer weather your way from TX. Take care

Natalie Aguirre said...

Glad spring is giving you faith in your writing. We're just getting our late one here in Michigan too.

Ronel Janse van Vuuren said...

Great analogy :-) Everything has its time to blossom, even -- especially -- your writing. Don't give up!

Ronel visiting on Insecure Writer's Support Group day: Autumn Decisions

M. L. Keller said...

Spring did take it's sweet time getting here this year. But I think things have finally turned a corner here. I love your message of hope. Right now I'm recovering from some health issues and somedays I think I'm getting worse not better. I know this isn't the case, but sometimes i get too caught up in the moment and forget to look at the bigger picture. Yes, today may be gloomy, but it is getting warmer. Spring really is here.

Crystal Collier said...

Some ideas definitely take longer to mature. It's taken me years to realize that, but I've stopped battling them and just moved on to the stories that are ready to take shape.

Nick Wilford said...

This is the most poetic answer to this question I've seen! Great stuff. We just have to trust that things are bubbling under and will spout forth when they're ready.

Michelle Wallace said...

Thank you for the boost of positivity.
Your words are designed to 'put a spring in the step' of every person who reads this post.
Happy IWSG Day!
Writer In Transit

The Cynical Sailor said...

Still wearing a coat - you poor thing :-( Lovely post. I like the analogy of waiting for your spring flowers to blossom. They will eventually. Cheers - Ellen

emaginette said...

One of my favorite things in spring is the new life that seems to be everywhere. :-)

Anna from elements of emaginette

Chrys Fey said...

Nature always perseveres. There's always hope. :)

Ryan Carty said...

I love the positive energy of this post! I wish you luck and many good words.

https://ryanscarty.wordpress.com/

Carol Kilgore said...

Never give up - both your words and spring will arrive when it's time. This post is great proof of that.

Connie said...

I love this--so well written! Spring has been slow to arrive this year, but now that it is here it is amazing and worth the wait. With luck our writing projects will also be worth the wait.

Pat Garcia said...

And that is the key. To hold on. There are times when I write that I know it is just thrash. I know I can't send it out to anyone. But I also know that by writing the thrash, I am getting to the jewels. Hang in there.
All the best.

Shalom aleichem,
Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

Diane Burton said...

Writing and spring--what an analogy. Our ideas grow in the dark of our mind only to bloom forth on the page. Keep positive.

Shannon Lawrence said...

I hope your spring, in all its iterations, comes soon.