Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A Good Practice


Every morning one of the first things I do is go outside to scope out my garden. I’m looking for any potential problems that may need to be taken care of. For example, today I noticed a funky kind of mold growing on one of my plum trees that I cut off right away; don’t want that stuff spreading. And I found a snake slithering its way through my mint. That one I’m leaving for my husband. I’m also looking for what’s ready to harvest. There’s nothing better than seeing something so beautiful and alive grow out of what seemed to be nothing more than a dead seed.

Because gardening is such a part of who I am, I’ve learned a lot of lessons that way. And like most things in life, what works in one place usually works in another.

Each day we should examine our writing. Is it working- is there mold that needs to be cut off right away before it corrupts the rest of the story? How’s the harvest coming? Are those plants growing nicely or do they need a little fertilizer by the way of travel to find inspiration or maybe getting a beta reader? Only you know. It’s your garden.

This practice needs to be performed daily. It would suck to come back to it in a week and find a big old weed growing where you thought you planted a tomato bush.