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#IWSG: Springtime Sunshine

Updated: Oct 12, 2022


Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. This group is all about connecting!

Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.

The awesome co-hosts for the May 2 posting of the IWSG are E.M.A. Timar, J. Q. Rose, C.Lee McKenzie, and Raimey Gallant!

Click here to view everyone in the Blog Hop.


May 2 question – It’s spring! Does this season inspire you to write more than others, or not?


Springtime Sunshine

I’m a music teacher and am preparing my students for a May Day program coming up next week. The title of my blog post is one of the catchy tunes we are performing, and I only wish you could hear it so you could have it on a constant loop in your head as well. (This is mostly sarcasm. I’m not sure I would wish the earworms of an elementary music teacher on my worst enemy.)

I don’t find that the seasons necessarily inspire my writing or creativity. I do typically feel better (read: less depressed) and more motivated and more inspired in spring, but it doesn’t necessarily lead to more output because of when it falls in the school year. Spring is rough, especially right now with the year winding down and end-of-year performances to prepare for and duties to wrap up. So time to do anything with that motivation is difficult to come by.

I’ve been going through a bit of a rough patch since December. If you’ve been following my blog or my Twitter then you know. If not, long story short, my partner of ten years and I split at the end of 2017. Putting distance between that and the return of the birds’ song, the longer days, the beautiful colors of blooming trees and flowers has lifted my spirits and allowed my brain to wander back to the edges of my creative forest. But I’ve not quite pushed through into the forest yet. That doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the seasons. The return of spring has brought me out of the long winter, literally and metaphorically, but, like a hibernating bear, I’m weak and in need of sustenance before I can be productive.

I attended RavenCon April 20-22 (blog post overview forthcoming so I won’t say much about it here) and that was a good bit of sustenance. Being around writers, successful ones at that (CHUCK WENDIG OMG), and hearing their advice and encouragement really fueled me. It was a quick burning fuel, as I’ve had some life setbacks in the week since then, but getting back around the writing tribe was what I needed to give me a little boost.

Summer is my most productive writing time. Not because of the season necessarily, but simply because I don’t have to worry about the day job. If I want to sit around in my PJs (or even better TEAM NO PANTS) all day writing, then I can! It took me about a month to get into a routine last summer, but I was rockin’ by July. Then, I had to go back to work. My job situation may be changing this year if I can’t secure a music position when I move back home to TN (that’s also for another blog post), but it could be for the better. I realized I wrote a lot more when I was waiting tables than I have since I went back to school to become a teacher and then became a teacher. Writing books and writing music is something I want to do and if my day job is keeping me from that, I’m not sure that I’m happy, even when my day job involves music. I’ll post further about this later. I need to get some of my thoughts down on paper, and this blog post is not the place for them!

I guess what I’m trying to say is while the season does affect my creativity and writing output, generally, the amount of time I have during that season has the most effect.

Thanks for dropping by!

Rosie J.

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