As the weather warms up (and dries up!) here in the northeast, the resulting pollen count is a beast. Everything is yellow-cars, puddles, furniture (even inside), and grass. However, watching the gardens fluff up with new shoots and buds, realizing that suddenly I can’t see my neighbors yard because the trees have leafed out, and spotting those bird species that are only around in the summer makes the sniffling and sneezing worth it (mostly).
In my last few blogs, I’ve been writing about the crazy that is my life, really most people’s lives, and the renewal of my writers’ group. We had another meeting this weekend and there were a few takeaways that I wanted to share.
- The importance of accountability. One of our members has really taken our discussion about commitment to heart, and has stepped into role of accountability maven. She’s set some expectations for us, and I so appreciate her willingness to do so; it makes me want to share that burden, partly by arriving to our meetings prepared and partly by also holding myself and others accountable. It’s exciting to feel that shared energy and responsibility!
- Energy and creativity beget energy and creativity. (Disclaimer: I’ve done no research and gathered no data on this; it’s purely my conclusion.)
Driving to Saturday’s meeting was rejuvenating for me, because for the first time in months ideas were bubbling and bouncing and tumbling around in my mind. I hadn’t realized how much I missed that feeling and experience! The more the ideas came to me, the more my excitement grew and the more ideas bubbled up. The feeling was similar to when you get a solid 8 – 10 hours of sleep and awake refreshed and ready to go. Happily, I’m revisiting that place where I’m slightly annoyed that I can’t just drop everything and WRITE because there are so many ideas ready to explode out of me. (Picture joyful child clapping hands and giggling with glee. That’s exactly how I feel right now.)
What’s next? We’ve made a commitment to attend our next meeting, new writing in hand. There’s a plan for our meetings for the rest of the summer, and even some proposed group writing time, too. We’re taking the time to celebrate success, whether that’s new writing, completed editing, or pursuing an agent. All milestones represent success!
My plan for the summer to is to let my ideas explode out and onto the page; all while enjoying gorgeous weather, the beauty of summer gardens, and the camaraderie of my amazing fellow writers.