The winter has come and gone where I live and even though we could have some late cold weather the fruit trees have bloomed and gardeners are in full swing cleaning out and planting for the new growing season. It's that way in my home office as well. Time spent in my garden grounds me and inspires me. Likewise, I look through my "idea file" and add to it with fresh thoughts. The sounds of birds and watching the robins who have returned as they drink from my bird bath feeds my muse.
One of the things about warm weather is that we do spend more time outside whether it is in our garden or by the pool or on vacation. Isn't it wonderful that we can enjoy all of that and take an iPad or laptop with us and write where we are. Instead of being confined inside, it feels good to take my imagination outside on the swing and let my characters take me to another place and time.
A few things that help me transition from season to season with my writing and my other activities are:
1. Sort through my "idea file" and get rid of old ideas that don't appeal to me any more.
2. Review my goals for the year and see how I'm doing reaching them. Adjust them where needed.
3. Brainstorm with fellow writers to help me develop story lines that are works in progress if I feel stuck.
4. Take some time out to recharge my batteries.
5. Refocus my efforts when I am writing by getting away from distractions.
Dianne G. Sagan, author and co-author of 18 books, speaker and presenter.
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