by Reba J. Hoffman Ph.D
Right now in Florida, springtime is in full bloom. The live oaks have long since shed their winter leaves and have sprouted lime green new growth. The azaleas are fully blossoming. And yes, even the St. Augustine grass is cracking through its dismal brown protective winter sheath.
It’s clockwork. I don’t have to worry about it. I don’t have to wonder if it’s going to happen. It WILL happen this time every year. And, in a couple of months, the daily humid thunderstorms will darken the sky to the west every afternoon.
Just as assuredly as this happens in the atmosphere, so will the seasons of a writer. There are times of heated keystroking as you pound out hot plots. There will also be times when seemingly nothing is happening at all. The seeds are germinating in the soil of your soul.
Writers are wired this way. Why? Well, to keep the dream alive. Imagine what it would be like if roses bloomed all year long. The winter snow would be so harsh, they would lose their beauty. The roses would simply have to work too hard to maintain their fragrance and would eventually just give up and die.
So it is with you, my word-wielding friend. Writing isn’t always hammering out word count. Just as often, it’s quietly pondering your story. Many times it’s going for ice cream or picking up another book. And yes, it could also mean abandoning your prose for a while, letting it lie dormant.
Oh, don’t worry. Remember the seasons. It will sprout again, as long as you let the seasons take their natural course. Whatever the seasons are for you as a writer, accept them. Trust them. Embrace them and use them to get the most out of life and your writing gifts.
Your work will be fresh, alive and vibrant. Let it happen. Your readers will be glad you did.
What season are you in right now? How are you handling it? Share it here!
Reba J. Hoffman is the founder and president of Magellan Life Coaching (www.magellanlifecoaching.com). She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Counseling and is a natural encourager. She serves as Member Care Coach for My Book Therapy and is the author of Dare to Dream, A Writer’s Journal. You can connect with Reba through her motivational blog, Finding True North, or by email at email@example.com. You can also follow her on Twitter at @RebaJHoffman.