May 08

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?”

Show off!spring clean

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!



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  1. Ashantay Peters

    Messy writing? Yep, I know about that. And about the messy home. I blame both on all that extra sunlight we get this time of year!

    1. Lori Waters

      :) Ashantay, I’m so glad I’m not alone!

  2. Robin Weaver

    Think I need to write befor I can tell if it’s messy, but you did inspire me to clean my closet. :)

    1. Lori Waters

      Robin. There is something about a clean closet that makes me happy. Now get that closet clean then get to writing. . :)

  3. Elizabeth Michels

    I’m a firm believer that walks outside work wonders for creativity. And, I’m so glad it’s nice enough out now for getting out in nature! I’ve been writing a little, walking a little. *happy sighs* Sometimes stepping away from the computer to plant a few flowers is the best thing for your manuscript. Happy writing and happy spring, Lori! Great post!

    1. Lori Waters

      Thanks Elizabeth. Thank goodness we finally have the nice weather. It makes me happy!

  4. Heather McGovern

    In a similar way, when I reach a frustrating point in my manuscript, if I step away and clean up the kitchen or put away Lil Man’s clean clothes that are driving me nuts over there in his glider rocker, I feel better. It clears my mind, I get a break from pecking at the laptop, and things feel…organized. When my head is a jumble, I like things organized. :D

    1. Lori Waters

      Heather. I find when things are cluttered I can’t think straight. I find its best to stop fighting it and just fix what’s bothering me around the house, then go back to writing. Pretty,pretty words. :)

  5. Jenna P

    My plot needed decluttering in a bad way. I had all these random ideas floating around in my head, but I could never seem to put them all together into something coherent. Then last Friday I decided to take the day off, nothing else to do but write. Within a couple hours, the plot clutter was gone!

    Happy Spring!

  6. Lori Waters

    Yay Jenna P. Glad the plot clutter is gone. Life (and writing) seems much better in the Spring. :)

  7. Sandy Bruney

    Some times you just need to step away from it and do something different — like planting petunias! Thanks for the post.

    1. Lori Waters

      Thanks Sandy. You are right. Stepping away for a little while can be the best answer. :)

  8. Jeanette Grey

    Spring has only just made it to the Arctic North, and I’m no homemaker, but I’ve started to get the bug too, wanting to at least do something so make the house a little less of a disaster. I love the idea of transferring that energy to your writing, too. Sometimes in writing and in our homes, we just need to go back to basics and get stuff whipped into shape!

    1. Lori Waters

      Jeanette. You can always move back down South with us ;) Even though, for a while there I wasn’t sure Spring was going to come.

  9. Sydney

    I’ve been feeling it, too! The need to organize the house, the garden, and my plots, too! Bit by bit, I’m chipping away at all of them :)

    1. Lori Waters

      Syd, I really think it’s a natural process. Keep chipping away. :)

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