Bloom Where You Are Planted

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
William Wordsworth 
Sometimes we dream of a writing retreat to find fresh creativity or end writers' block. Cozying up to a roaring fire at a ski lodge with your laptop or digging your toes in warm tropical sand with pad and pen, conjures up the perfect setting. Productivity will ooze from you! Perhaps. But perhaps not. 

Writers must find the breathings of their heart no matter what their situation, circumstances or environment.  

Bloom where you are planted.

I have found some of my best writing occurred when the circumstances were undesirable. It drew something deep within me that found its way on paper. Who hasn't stopped to notice a flower sprouting from a crack in a city sidewalk? Just like that flower, your writing can have a profound affect when you're going through something. Use those emotions to stir something deep within you.

Do you have a story to tell of how you bloomed where you were planted?

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Kathleen Moulton is a freelance writer.  You can find her passion to bring encouragement and hope to people of all ages at When It Hurts -



Karen Cioffi said...

Kathleen, great analogy and very insightful. Life is always happening - good and bad. As writers we can't wait until the circumstances are 'just right.'We need to "bloom" where planted at the moment.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

I couldn't agree more. Retreats are wonderful, but we can't always afford them. Our own rag rug or even closet corner can give us the solace we need.


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Magdalena Ball said...

You're right Kathleen. If I waited for the perfect place or moment to write, I'd never do it. Being able to write amidst the chaos of life is probably an important criteria for success.

Kathleen Moulton said...

Thanks ladies for your comments!


D. Jean Quarles said...

Such good advice!

Mary Jo Guglielmo said...

I agree Kathleen. I love retreats, but they are often not possible. And I agree that writing when you are struggling through something can be truly productive.

Mplcreative said...

Although it is good to go places and work with other writers, I often find that I can't afford it. My little home here in Springfield, Missouri had lots of areas where I can wander for nothing and be productive. Even taking my laptop to a restaurant can do the trick.

Kathleen Moulton said...

Thanks, Jean, Mary Jo, and Mindy. I don't feel out of the loop knowing I can't wander far from my little abode!


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