Spring has sprung in Calgary! I know it’s a little later than most places, but I’m just happy that it’s here! Although I have seasonal allergies, which makes spring an unpleasant season in terms of my sinuses, there is something about the new growth, and increasingly pleasant weather that for me, inspires a great flurry of writing inspiration:
#1. Flow: Gardening is one of those delightful tasks, much like showering, or washing the dishes, that gives one a lot of time for thinking. Not just any old thinking either, but the good, brainstormy kind of thinking. The kind of thinking where your mind just drifts away, meandering along, exploring all the hidden nooks and crannies of possibility. I love that kind of thinking, and I have found it so helpful, time and time again in my writing. If I have a difficult passage, or transition in my story, a good round of gardening, can almost always provide me with a new idea, and inspiration for that writing.
#2. Growth: There is something wonderful about watching growth, whether it’s a child, or a puppy, or a plant. The changing nature of a garden, means that there is always a new aspect to explore, something new to discover. This is incredibly inspiring to my writing, because it means I am always shifting my perspective, adapting to my changing environment, and having to be flexible in my thinking. This is also reflective of my growth as a writer. The more I write, and read, and the more I share with others in the writing community, the more my own writing is influenced and changed.
#3. Creativity: Sitting in the garden, observing the flowers, and trees, and all the assorted fauna that visit the yard, is one of my great joys. It is a place that is full of life, and imagination. There are many physical locations that inspire creativity, I’ve discussed travel, and photography before, but few places inspire me, as much as a garden in bloom. There is something about the colour, the sounds, and the aromatic scent of life that awakens my creativity.
Do you find that gardening inspires your writing? Tell me in the comments below!
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