The Changing Seasons

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!


11 thoughts on “The Changing Seasons

  1. Jackie!! I love the imagery of writing a book seen through the changing seasons. That is an excellent metaphor for the real deal. In the Fall and Winter, you have to work really hard to remember that Springtime is coming!! spw

    • And for published authors, sometimes we have that late March storm. That’s when we’ve already started the new book and have last minute edits come in on the previous book. Ack!

  2. I’ve felt like those snow covered daffodils a time or two. But when the sun shines( you look at your work with new perspective) it’s a feeling like no other.

    What a great day for those who entered the RWA RITA/GH. Finalists are being announced. How exciting and what true confirmation of reaping what you sow. Is it the wrong season for that? I’m not sure. I’m not much of a gardener. 🙂


  3. Great metaphors, Jackie. I’ve just survived the late March storm, both literally and wrt the writing and am loooonging for spring.

    But every author needs to have two or three “years” each calendar year. Write more books and give us more to read.

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