Winter, which felt like it was going to last forever, is coming to an end. Leaf buds are swelling and apple and cherry trees are blooming. So how’s your writing life going?
I know. Odd question. What does a writing life have to do with spring?
For me, the constant lover of fresh starts, it represents renewal.
Renewal and the Writing Life
There are so many things in life that can derail the best of writing plans, but the good news is, they do not have to stay derailed.
A blog post I read this week has really renewed my writerly determination and positive outlook.
12 Tips for the Best Writing Life Ever
On The Write Conversation with Edie Melson, Melson listed 12 lifestyle tips for a successful writing life. Tips 1, 3, and 12 really resonated for me.
- 1. Writing is a mind game—and our minds play tricks on us.
- 3. Take care of yourself physically.
- 12. Keep writing no matter what.
The dreary days of winter are always a mind-challenge for me. Furthermore, this has been a year of health issues as well, and when ill or tired I find it a challenge to both work on my writing and maintain the proper mindset to work on my writing. Melson is right. Taking care of your mind and body is key to producing solid work. My default tends to be to neglect myself, however I recognize the wisdom of her words and will strive to take care of my body and mind in the months to come.
I found her final tip, though one I’ve encountered and valued in the past, even more inspiring. Keep going. Keep writing.
Here, I must extend my appreciation to you, my readers. Knowing I have built a relationship with you and have a responsibility to you has been a great spur to keep writing, at the very least, these weekly blog posts.
My love and gratitude goes out to my critique group as well. I once quipped, “Anyone can bring one page.” Since then, I do not dare show up without something to read. (I will be eternally grateful to them for many more reasons than this, but that is a topic for another post.)
Keep writing. Keep going. This will be one of my themes for this season in my life.
Therefore, I commit to keep writing here, to you.
In addition, I will finish the revisions on The Swallow’s Spring, my novel that is 98% done already and then launch into the next phase of this novel’s life—the great agent quest!
Then I will move on to a number of other projects I’ve got waiting in my queue. It is very exciting to think of the work that awaits me.
How will you renew your writing life this spring?
Please share your plans in the comment box below. Let’s inspire each other!