Spring Clean Your Writing

It’s that time of the year again–spring! This time of year comes with a natural desire to make things better—prettier.

Over the last few months, I’ve noticed things around my house have become a little unorganized and messy.  I’m not sure how things got so untidy. I tried to stay on top of cleaning, but nevertheless, “winter happened,” and my closets and cabinets became unmanageable. My house and its winter clutter began to drive me nuts.

Mother Nature wasn’t helping at all, screaming “look at me.” I’m turning brown grass, vibrant green. I’m growing bulbs into beautiful flowers. Bare gray trees are filling in with luscious, swaying leaves. “I’m making the world beautiful. What are you doing?”

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I decided to take the Mother Nature challenge and make things better—prettier. I started organizing—the laundry room, the garage, the closets. This domino cleaning possessed my body.

Then one day, it was as if someone hit me upside the head with a dust-buster.  It wasn’t the messy closets that bothered me? (Well, maybe a little.) The problem was my writing? My words had also become disorganized and messy.  Let me explain.

I’m in the middle of a total rewrite, taking a screenplay class, writing a movie. I’m plotting a new book and studying the medieval period for a future project—all at the same time. And just like my home, each project was suffering from winter clutter.

So what do I do?  If only I could spend an afternoon on each thing, and miraculously, the writing would be organized and clean, like a closet or a garage.

I could choose to only work on one project at a time, but who wants to do that? Instead, I’m going to spring clean my brain. I’ll get outside and soak up some vitamin D, get some fresh air and hopefully, clear the spider webs from my imagination. Shoot, I’ll even take some time to enjoy and admire Ms. Show-off’s (a.k.a. Mother Nature’s) beautiful work. :)

Then I’m going to get busy.

I’ll give a 100% to the project I happen to be working on at the time.  Write clean when I’m writing new material. Tidy up what I’ve already written, then move on to the next thing.spring 2

If you’ve found your writing has also become messy, take a deep breath. Take a walk. Go on a picnic. Get rid of that annoying winter clutter, and replace it with organized, clean writing.  There is something wonderful that comes with the beauty of spring— Hope!

Remember to dream big!

Lori

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