Spring Ahead, Renewal, or Just Kersplat?


Hope springs eternal. This is the most true phrase there ever was except maybe, “don’t shit where you eat” (for utterly obvious reasons).  I mean, WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE about sunshine that breaks through winter clouds and coaxes buds and bulbs and bunnies to life? Or the twitter of happy birds, desperate to sing a happy song with Snow White herself.

Yet despite the blissful side of spring, the season also signifies renewal and rebirth—some of the more difficult concepts we grapple with in life. Because with renewal, comes plenty of heartache and KERSPLATS. Like that time when you sent off manuscript pages that were stupendously amazing and you were really, really excited. The book was ready…or so you thought, until the big fat rejection made you think otherwise. KERSPLAT.

But did the “R” erase your need to create? Did it change your love of the written word? NOPE. It only made you spring into the next phase (after licking your wounds and comforting your ego)—this next phase where you pushed your craft to another level, where you became a better version of your writerly self to move forward.

Kersplats and renewal are painful, but without them, we wouldn’t change and grow to relish in the spring sunshine.


What was one of your big kersplats? What did you learn about yourself in the process?

Author: Heather Webb

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 Replies to “Spring Ahead, Renewal, or Just Kersplat?”

  1. Spring truly has sprung down here in Florida. You’re right–I need to look at the trees budding and flowers sprouting and keep pushing forward. That big, painful “R” caused me to take a little break from querying, and I need to get back, keep writing, keep growing. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

  2. I don’t know how many times I’ve kersplatted when it comes to thinking my manuscripts ready. It’s almost funny! I have dozens and dozens of rejections to show for it. 🙂

  3. Thinking of you as you race toward the finish line on your draft. I’m sure there are many times you’ve had to talk yourself off the ledge in the process, but you’re almost there!

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