A couple of days after my daffodils bloomed, Tulsa was hit with a “10 inch” snow fall. When I looked at my flowers, they were bent over in defeat, the stems a muted green. Two days of sun, and they bounced right back…bright green with smiling yellow faces. That’s when I knew for sure…spring is really here.
You ever noticed how writing a book is like the changing seasons? In the “spring”, our ideas grow and blossom like flowers. Brand new characters cluster around our brain like the early robins. As those words go to the page, every part is new and shiny and awesome. But slowly and inevitably, “spring” flows into “summer”.
That’s the season of growth. We watch our story grow tall and rich. We “weed” out the bad word choices, the weak dialogue, and the character actions without motive. We water and prune and fertilize. It’s hard work, but we rejoice in coming reward.
Then comes the harvest, or “fall”. That’s when our characters reach full maturity and our plots come to fruition. With our harvesters, we gather up all our work and edited it into a bundle (book). We edited and polish it like Grandma used to put up jars of jam or bottles of pickles. Some of us store our work to use later; others send their “crop” out immediately to market.
“Winter” is a time of relection. If we have sold our “crop”, we’re involved with copy edits and cover art. If we haven’t sold yet, we take our story to the fair (contests) to be judged, learning tricks and tips for the next spring’s story. Winter is the time we either give up writing or renew our determination to succeed. And when that first crocus (story idea/character) peeks its head through the snow, the stirrings of a new “spring” push at our souls.
So hail to Spring! Cheer to the new book started. Huzzah for the re-dedication to the book not finished. Hip, hip, hurrah for surviving another year (book) and heading for another busy, productive writing season. Let the flowers bloom!