Wednesday, May 2, 2018

IWSG: Spring Ahead . . . in Your Writing


"It's Spring! Does this season inspire you to write more than others, or not?" That is the Insecure Writers Support Group question for May. This month's topic has been a looooooong time coming for this author in the Never-ending Winter state of Michigan. No way I should STILL be scraping my car windows during the last week of April! But then Spring arrived on May Day at 81 whooping and long-awaited degrees. Yes! I feel renewed!

As a self-proclaimed member of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), I spend at least half the year yearning for my hit of Vitamin D. Then, like a grizzly bear emerging from its den, I tip my groggy creative mind toward those first warm rays (my windows open when it hits 55!) to feel that rush of spring-spiration. With my gravity recliner facing the light, headphones on, I bask in its comforting embrace, feeling my thoughts begin to stir and stretch toward the heat, pushing through the dark sluggishness of my winter plots to push through with bright new twists and turns of dialogue. Spring has sprung and I'm in imaginative full bloom at last.



The only thing better than enjoying a spring day is enjoying it with writer friends at a weekend retreat on the water. Even though it was only in the 40s-50s, I found myself on the balcony of my room, warming my hands on my coffee cup to watch the sunrise. Ahhh. It just doesn't get any better. I turn back to the keyboard reluctantly, but with new vigor, as my pages fly and word count soars during a morning break alone.


That burst of energy followed me home and even impatiently waits for my lunch hour at work so I can get back to my WIP. So, yes. Spring is all about revitalization of the writer's soul in my book, and on my ever increasing number of pages. Soak it up (and don't forget sunscreen!)!



Another good thing has popped up this month: MIDNIGHT GAMBLE, from my vampire series "Touched by Midnight" is on SALE for just $.99 through the 15th. Sink your teeth in and wear those sunglasses at (mid)night.

Can't wait to find out what my fellow IWSG pals think of my favorite growing season. Bloom where you're planted!


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time.The awesome co-hosts for the May 2nd posting of the IWSG will be E.M.A. Timar, J. Q. Rose, C.Lee McKenzie, and Raimey Gallant!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

14 comments:

  1. A weekend retreat on the water - that sounds divine! I got out last weekend for my first spring adventure, exploring the canal-side trails and exploring the bits of hidden history along the way.

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    1. Ooooh! Your walk sounds divine, too. Off the beaten path is the way to go.

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  2. A weekend retreat on the water sounds lovely. And rejuvenating. The perfect thing to do this season. ;)

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    1. I guess it's a good thing it was a high of 50. If it had been in the 70s, everyone would have been hooky.

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  3. "spring-spiration" Love that :-) I hope as it gets warmer you find more inspiration to write.

    Ronel visiting on Insecure Writer's Support Group day: Autumn Decisions

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    1. Still more inspiration than time but I'm working on it!

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  4. Our spring came late too - we still had snow the other week! Funny how sunshine can have such a positive effect. Enjoy your spring writing.

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  5. What a great retreat! So glad I could enjoy it with you. I didn't stay long enough to utilize the free time writing. The winter from hell destroyed a lot of energy. I'm happy to open the windows and soak up the rays.

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    1. I always make my own free time (Shhhhh! Don't tell!). I hear you about this past winter. The only good thing about it was getting 3 weeks off from driving to have surgery - probably when it continued for an extra month - just to get the last laugh.

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  6. That writers' retreat sounded amazing. I missed the last two in my writers' group due to prior commitments and am yearning for some devoted writing time away from the distractions of home. I am so happy your creativity has returned with the warmth of the spring sun. Keep those word counts soaring!

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    1. I didn't realize how much I needed that connection! Fertilizer (in a GOOD way!) for the writers' soul.

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  7. Spring-spiration! I love it and may steal it. :) I love your blogging voice.

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