Spring. It’s like the breath of fresh air before the heat of summer. It brings new life as it shrugs off the shroud of winter. It means a lot of things; spring cleaning, spring break, thoughts of gardening, flowers and warmer weather. It’s a busy season.
I started thinking about my writing. All of the stories I’ve started, some of them I’ve finished and others that are still waiting for the final verdict on whether they’re a happily ever after or not. I started going through all my documents and reading the stories. They’re all different and I have to admit, I love them all.
After filing them in my folders, I picked one at random. This story was something that I’d started in September of 2010. I’d written the story, finished it and after fighting some details that wouldn’t adjust to my requirements, I shelved it. Now though, after looking at it with a fresh perspective, I’ve started the rewrites on it. I’m the type of writer who can’t write on just one story at a time. I like having several open and being able to work on one while I think about another. Some people are able to sit down and work on one story until it’s done. I admire that, but it’s not me. I usually have anywhere from three to six documents open at a time and work on all of them. Does this take longer? Absolutely. But, it works for me. In fact, I’m writing two articles right now.
In my head, I made the analogy about planting seeds and waiting for them to blossom and having an idea and turning it into a story. That was going to be what this post was about – never letting go of the seed/idea, planting it deep and waiting for the right time to come back to it and check on the blossom. Sometimes you have to go through and clean your documents out, maybe put one on the shelf for a while. It’s not quite ready to be shown yet. Don’t give up on it, though. Go back and look at it. You’ll be surprised at what a little bit of time can do for your manuscript and your view on it.
Ideas are everywhere. My friends know that I’m constantly writing down ideas. Some of them are just a word or two, while others evolve into several pages. These are my seeds. Sometimes they bloom quickly and I write as fast as I can. Other times, however, they take more time. They have to be groomed and babied. It doesn’t really matter to me, because I know I’ll finish them and love them and share them with others. That’s what writing is about , isn’t it?
Tell me how you write. Do you plant one seed at and baby it to fruition or do you plant several and try to give them all equal attention?