The Seasons of Writing

spring gardenSpeaking of seasons, cold season is ramping up and I have my first one of the year! Blarrgg. But other than that…

I love the seasons.

Spring with its hopeful sunshine and soggy earth, summer’s ripe vegetables. The windswept colors of fall and even the silvery clouds and naked forests of winter. They each hold a certain beauty, but I have to admit, the seasons affect my productivity.

I’m distracted on sunny days when I could be lying on a beach or cooking on the grill. I’m not sure I could live in a perpetual sunny location. It would feel like Ground Hog Day with the same happy perfection day after day–a sensibility that degrades my creative impetus. But give me a blustery, grey day and I’ll stay in and write until my fingers fall off.

Those are just the literal seasons.

As Deb Susan said, the seasons of our emotions affect us. How we feel about where we are in our lives, our choices, and our self-confidence impacts the worlds we create. Or whether we create them at all.

I feel myself embarking on a new seasonal path—the path of my publishing career. At the moment I’m enjoying the hope and excitement of spring and its tender growth, the occasional rain storm. The whirlwind of newness has me all atwitter and I’m finding it difficult to focus on my current manuscript. BUT I MUST. With any luck (and a crapload of hard work), my writing, and career, will continue to grow and blossom.

We all have our ups and downs, the time of day that works best for us, and the perfect time of year to be productive. What’s yours and how do you push through the rough seasons?

 

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Heather Webb

Writer, Editor
Heather Webb is the author of BECOMING JOSEPHINE, her debut historical (Plume/Penguin 2014). A freelance editor and blogger, she spends oodles of time helping writers hone their skills—something she adores. You may find her Twittering @msheatherwebb, hosting contests, or hanging around RomanceUniversity.org as a contributor to the Editor's Posts. She is also the Twitter mistress for the popular Writer Unboxed. She loves making new reader and writer friends. Stop on by her website, Between the Sheets!

6 thoughts on “The Seasons of Writing

  1. Oh, I hear you about the WIP, and how it’s so easy to get distracted by all the hullaballoo of being a first-time author. I think we should start word-count check-ins. Do you have a deadline (either real or self-imposed) for your WIP?

  2. I do! And I do a word count check in with my crit group every day, but I’m totally up for getting that going with the debs! Accountability all around would be fabulous.

  3. I love this, Heather! It really it the dawning of a whole new season for all of us, and I too am excited to see the growth, even amidst a few rain storms. So grateful to be going through it with our group!

    Good luck with the new WIP. I know you’ll make it happen 😉

  4. I had the same thought about this overall season in my life. I’m sure I’ll look back on this time and think about it as the debutante season. 🙂

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