Here in the heart of the midwest my mind drifts to warm spring days. I never thought I would say that Minnesotans and Texans will never miss the Polar Vortex that visited this year. I don’t know about anyone else but I’m tired of breaking records or having firsts because Mother Nature is more than angry at us. Maybe it’s karma for years of pollution or beaches lined with plastic everything. Solo survivalists around the world are GoProing washed up flip flops. My question is who fell asleep on the beach and wondered, “Where is my other flip flop?”
It’s no longer a question of where did my other other sock go after doing laundry. Now, we have to worry about waking up on a beach with one sandal. I see a new movie in the future. “The Man with One Red Shoe” turns into “The Man with One Flip Flop”.
Okay, enough of my mind detour and back to my thoughts of spring. The warmer weather means that flowers will begin to poke through the group and the wonderful smells of passing freshly planted fields in Minnesota will start to fill the air. There’s nothing like a Sunday drive with the window down and the smell of cow manure.
As I plan my writing tour later this month, I’m thinking of my fellow writers. We’re locked inside our rooms with the widows closed and staring at a blinking cursor or an empty page. The pressure we put on ourselves can feel overwhelming. The pressure doesn’t come from putting words on page. That part is easy. The hard part is stringing together words that create a good story. Is our story good enough to read?
When you feel lost and don’t know what to do, maybe it’s time to go spread your own manure. Yes, you read that right. Don’t stop because you’re not feeling inspired. Every single one of us feels this. Some of us feel the panic of nothing to say right before we sit down, or homes never get cleaner than when we’re writing a novel. Instead of avoidance, go to your resources and start planting your field.
What do I mean? Instead of having a day with blank pages, go turn on your music and jot down a few words about how the music makes you feel. Write a short story about the song you just heard. Open the window. What do you smell? I’m hoping you’re not next to a freshly fertilized field. There a million small things we can all do to keep our pens moving. Or like me, you can even start a blog only for the purpose of writing down something every day. I figured, even if I feel lost from time-to-time, I can still help someone else with their craft.
Looking out the window as I write, did the weather in Minnesota just change? You betcha! This morning began with large, wet confetti flakes and then warm sun. If the weather didn’t change a few times during the day, I know I’m not in this state.
I hope all of you take a moment this week to enjoy the beginning of spring and all that it brings where you live. I also hope that all of you find your Green Onion. A story that you can water, fertilize, and layer this year!
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