Spring! It’s finally here, maybe. And the Insecure Writers Support Group hint of the month is (roughly):
Do you find it easier writing in spring when everything is growing and things are looking fresher?
What I usually do in spring
In past years I’ve been doing the A to Z Challenge and sometimes the CampNanoWriMo April challenge as well. Both involve a lot of heavy blogging or writing or both. Once I get down to writing it’s come happily enough, but I don’t think it’s got anything to do with spring.
What then happens in spring
When I get into writing and blogging, especially in March and April, the garden goes mad. Despite my clever plan of write, do half an hour in the garden, then write again, the garden gets away. There are too many gardening jobs that I don’t enjoy (pulling out nettles, for example) so the distraction of writing becomes just that. I do the things I prefer, and boof!! the nettles are five feet tall and have taken over the garden. There are nettles all the way down the right hand side in the picture above, taken last Thursday. I’ve screened them out! But… I have cut the grass! (The blue flowers are forget-me-nots, which self-seed and make a great display. They hide many sins.)
… and then…
And then there’s golf. Once upon a time I would happily fit in a game or two of golf a week during the uncertain weather of spring. Then in the summer I’d play three or even four times a week, matches and competitions being what they are (all over the place). These last two springs I’ve been organising the team competitions, which started in late March, and organising teams is like herding cats… Don’t get me wrong, I love organising teams. I love planning. Preferably with other people not changing their minds and spoiling all my beautifully logical arrangements!
So am I writing this spring?
I am not. My muse has taken a holiday. Even my editing muse has temporarily gone on strike. The one bit of writing I need to finish is the story I’m releasing in monthly instalments on the Story Reading Ape every second Sunday of the month. I’m now about four episodes ahead of current, but I want to tie up the whole thing so it makes sense, and necessary clues or red herrings are dropped in early enough to keep people interested. At present it’s going far too slowly. Development is one thing, interesting reading may be another.
Well, at least I know what I’ve got to fix. So, yes, I am writing something this spring, but it’s in between golf, gardening and something else going on in my life. And only the really important writing is getting done. Even flash fiction seems to have taken a hike, which is a shame as I’d identified an opportunity that ends on 31st May.
How about you?
Writing + spring = ???
And thank you also to Shannon Laurence (the Warrior Muse) for the shout-out 🙂