Happy Easter to all those who celebrate it!
Whether you are Christian or not, this time of year is all about sloughing off the old, rebirths and new beginnings. From the earliest times we have celebrated the end of the dark days of winter and the coming of warmth and brightness of spring.
It struck me that this would be a good time to do the same with our writing. Let's get rid of the darkness of rejections from editors and agents and slough off the hurt of criticisms that aren't constructive. Let's ditch those frustrating score-sheets that prevented us from finalling and the nasty reviews from people who don't get our writing.
It's time to embrace a new season. To set new goals and achieve new heights. To finish a never-ending project or start something new. To try a new genre or to write something just for ourselves. To start (or restart) that search for the dream agent or to submit (or resubmit) to that dream editor. Most important, it is about facing the coming months with renewed purpose and vigour. To remember and recapture the enthusiasm and the joy that got us into this crazy game in the first place. To believe that we can ... and that we will!
The most beautiful flowers all start from the smallest buds. We can be those buds and become those blooms. Be brave, poke your head out of the winter sloth and reach for the sunshine. Do something positive and let spring come to your writing.
I'm going to get back to my structured writing and fitness schedule; it has lapsed terribly since Christmas. This is to get my current ms finished and ready to submit by the end of May. After all, I can't sell if I don't submit!
What is your positive step going to be?