A V-formation flock of geese seems to have one member of the group as the leader, but each member takes its turn at the point of the V, leading the way as the others in the formation honk in encouragement. The geese stay together, even when one becomes sick or injured; the group stays with it until it is well enough to continue the journey at its regular pace.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
A WRITER'S GARDEN
October is a
time to tidy up, clean up, and put away. The harvest is done.Only a few die hard potatoes are left in the
garden.The last brilliant roses are
defying the coming snows. The season is nearly over.
Every year the onset of cooler weather is my signal to trim
back my perennials, root out the annuals, dig in mulch, roll up and drain the
hoses, rake leaves, put away the patio furniture, and generally get my yard
ready for winter.I learned a long time
ago that the more effort I put into making all secure in the fall, the more
beautiful and work free spring will be.
Like most writers I find an analogy to writing in almost
everything around me.I've often
compared spring to the excitement and discovery of starting a new work.Summer as the patient slogging through the
grand vistas and discouraging, blistering middle, and fall as the completion,
the time of harvesting or finishing a novel.October is that period of clean-up; the time of going back through the
manuscript to check the spelling and grammar, ensure that it's in the best
possible shape. Review the comments of beta readers. It can be seen as
exhausting necessary work or it can be filled with satisfaction from knowing
you've done your best and you have a completed, ready for submission story
ready to send to an agent or publisher.
October is also the time to plant tulips.Tulip bulbs, or those "big seeds"
as my granddaughter calls them are almost magical and are often used as
symbols.To me they are a symbol of faith,
a promise that no matter how deep the snow and how low the temperatures fall,
spring will come.Each writer needs a
bit of tulip faith.Even as this
season's manuscript is sent on its way, seeds, big seeds, need to be
planted.Start that next manuscript before you hear back on the one already
sent.Dream big.Plant big seeds.