My favourite past time these days is farming. I laugh whenever I use the term farm and you would too if you saw the little parcels of land on which I grow a few crops. I have some cucumber plants, sweet pepper, scotch bonnet pepper, tomatoes and cantaloupe. The land is so small that I have to make contraptions so that the cucumbers and cantaloupes grow upwards and not take over the entire space. I water them each day, morning and evening, and I talk to them (don’t you dare laugh!). I even just stand and look at the wonder of something I thought I couldn’t achieve. I will tell you proudly that I have no green thumb, but I see the wonders that growing plants have done to my life. Some of it hasn’t always been great. My cucumbers plants now overshadow the sweet peppers and I fear that they may not be getting proper sunlight and ventilation. Also, I have a mint tree that is half dead, suffering the consequences of ignorance, overwatered by my enthusiasm. However, the idea here is that if I did not stick with the process, I would not have achieved the “fruits” of my labour.
Isn’t writing something like that? Something you have to stick to, that develops over time? There are going to be good days and good moments when the inspiration hits and the story grows into the work of genius you desire. There are times that your creation is like my mint tree. You pour too many ideas into a manuscript and it eventually dies, overburdened by the lack of cohesiveness. However, it will spring again, and you have learned from your mistake.
All writers will agree that writing is a process. With my farm, I did so much research on the internet to find out how to fix my problems. What could I do better the next time? I called friends and family members and they provided me with ideas and encouraged me to continue. You can take advice and seek inspiration from other writers as well. So, what about that book that you are struggling with? Lelita Baldock says:
“Developing the skills of a writer is a journey I don’t think you ever finish. So be flexible and open to learning and adapting your approach to find what works best for you. It took me 12 years to write my first novel, Widow’s Lace. It was a process of discovery and trial and error. Now I am truly proud of the result. Those years were full of reading and writing, finding my style, and developing my voice. Time is never wasted. But you can only develop if you give it a go. So go for it!”
You may take 12 years or 14 days; it doesn’t matter. As long as you trust in the process, you can create “a historical fiction/mystery set across Australia and England.” Well, that’s what Lelita did. Or you can see a seed grow into a plant that you tell about your day and massage its leaves. Alright, probably I need a pet.
The idea here is that you have to start somewhere. If Lelita didn’t try nachos for the first time at the age of 37, she wouldn’t have known how tasty the dish was. If she didn’t go on her recent trip, she would not have had the inspiration for her next book – a historical fiction set in Cornwall. So, plant your seed, trust the process, learn from it, and let it bloom into the desired book.
If you want to learn more about Lelita Baldock’s journey and see the fruit of her labour, check out her social media info and her book.
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