Thursday, May 16, 2013
Every spring, I plant new flowers and vegetables anticipating their growth. The same is true with each book. Long before I put a word on paper, I get to know my characters, invent ways that take them through challenges so that, in the end, they too can grow.
Plants need water. So do new ideas. The idea I have planted in my brain needs to be soaked in thought and brainstormed so it can grow into a full concept.
Plants need help, so I fertilize them. I need help, so I spend time learning. I research items for my book. I read books, for fun and to learn more about writing. I attend seminars and conferences. I talk about writing with other authors.
You’re not a true gardener if you’re not willing to lose a few plants. The same is true with story lines. I have dozens of stories started. Some didn’t even get out of the gate; others are still in being considered. While others have gone on to be a full manuscript.
Plants don’t grow overnight. Neither do books. Sometimes you just can’t force an idea. The creative process needs to grow.
Weeds drain the soil of nutrients and water. The weeds of writing are the things that drain you, the extra non-important things that pull you away from writing. We all have them—mine is spider solitaire. I have threatened to remove it from my computer if it keeps calling my name!
Change is inevitable. I’ve planted flowers in the sun where they needed shade. I’ve recently moved from a humid continental climate with lots of rain to a semi-arid climate where nothing grows unless you water it. Your books can change to. You may have to rip out whole scenes to make them better.
In the end, there is only one thing to say. There is no easy way to have a magnificent garden without a lot of hard work, sweat, and patience. Writing? Yep. The same thing.
What is your passion? And what aspects have you applied to your writing adventure?