Wednesday, May 2, 2018

May or May Not...

Well, here we are - firmly in the middle of spring. Ha! And at another meeting of the esteemed Insecure Writer's Support Group. If you are new here go to the link to the left of this sentence and sign up. Or just mosey around catching the vibe at other insecure writer's blogs. It's all good!

This month the optional question is 

"It's spring! Does this season inspire you to write more than others, or not?" 
Such an interesting question. I'm always curious as to what will encourage my writing or creating. I know that I write way more in November than any other time of the year but that is because of NaNoWriMo. Oh and in June if I follow the Burrower's month-long writing program. I like writing in both those months. Spring here isn't. We still have four or five feet of snow and the bay is frozen solid. If there are May flowers they are under a snowbank. Labradorians love this weather though. The bay is still frozen enough to take out the skidoo and head to the cabin and it is warm enough to not wear too much clothing (keep in mind this is relative). We don't have either a skidoo or a cabin feeling no need to leave the hurly-burly of North West River for peace and quiet. Yes, that is sarcasm. Sometimes I fall prey to it. I'll try and keep it in check.

This spring is a very busy one for me. I'm working nearly every day at the school and want to do that as we are heading home for good in July. We are selling this house and dividing up the things that belonged to my fella's mother between siblings and assorted relatives. I still am working on the memoir but I don't have a good chunk of time to do it in so find I'm not that enraptured right now with writing. I'm waiting to find out about the poetry contest I was short-listed for and generally rather antsy. I'd be good for short projects but nothing too sustained. When I'm working at the school I come home pretty depleted. I have a couple of other disciplines besides writing that I keep. I meditate for at least one session a day and that is no matter what else is happening. Yes, it has priority over my writing discipline. I also make art - draw, paint, and so on. That is a bit easier to fit in around a busy life. Writing, not so much.

Having said all that - the other reason that this spring is not so encouraging on the writing front is that although I like revising better than writing the initial draft - it is harder. November through to February I  let it all out with no design at all. Now I could work for a couple of hours and not be very far ahead. I'm struggling with my structure and that means a lot of false starts. An hour or half an hour won't get me where I want to get. I need to really spend about three or four hours a day for about three weeks. So it might have to wait until I'm home and unemployed again.

Who knows though - things can change around here in a heart beat. And I am chronicling my time at the school on my Sojourner in Labrador blog a little more faithfully - so there will be that to draw from too.

How about you all? Do the seasons motivate you or what gets your bum in the chair?


Margot Kinberg said...

Oh, no doubt, Jan - revising and editing are hard! And they can take more time, because they demand more reflection, more painstaking work, and so on. So I can see why you feel the way you do about them.

Crystal Collier said...

Selling a house... That is not a joy I envy at all. Basically, last time we sold our house, I didn't do anything but clean for an entire month. So frustrating!

You know, if this is a season to work on other arts, then so be it. Enjoy them and don't feel guilty. Words will come when you're ready to share them. In the meantime, enjoy!

Andrea Franco-Cook said...

Here from Alex's blog. I really enjoyed reading your post and am now following you. FWIW, I can relate to everything you said here. Life does seem to get busier at spring. I suppose it has to do with heading toward the end of the school year, etc. Between the kids sporting events, school finals, and much neglected yard, staring accusingly at me through my office window, I haven't found much time to write. When I do sit down, I wind up getting side tracked, like I am now, blogging instead of progressing my WIP, LOL. Anyway, I get where you're coming from here. Wishing you the best of luck in getting through your list. Looking forward to reading more of your posts. Happy writing.

T. Powell Coltrin said...

It really only takes one thing out of the ordinary to try and trip us up. Keep it going!

Rosemary Johnson said...

I'm also locked into editing... You may enjoy it more, although I don't. It's much more difficult.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I definitely like editing better than the first draft.
So, no more frozen north for you?

Jan Morrison said...

Hi all! Thanks for your comments. I do love revising. I'm such a complete pantser (no outlining or planning whatsoever) that it can be daunting. What I've found is that the work must be done - either front-loading by plotting and planning or back-loading by wrestling a hot mess into a structure. Whichever it is - the work must be done!

And yes, Alex, after five winters we are heading home. I will miss many things about Labrador but spring isn't one of them!