The writer’s transition from winter into spring

Glossy green leaves, a little bedraggled from winter’s onslaught, form a backdrop for springtime’s advances. New green capsules swell with promise.

Every new season is accompanied by anticipation. I watch and wait, although I’m not always sure for what. The gardens beckon but the soil is still too wet to work. Ears strain for the ribbit of the first tiny tree frogs in the marsh, the screech of the returning red-winged blackbirds. I wonder if chickadees will choose to nest in our new birdhouse this year.

Winter’s yearning leans into spring’s renewal and daylight hours lengthen.


Throughout the season’s transition my fingers hover over the keyboard day by day, my brain searching for a fresh approach to a lagging story.  The words seep out, sometimes like drips and trickles from a gutter.

There are seasons in a writer’s endeavour – times of dreariness followed by illumination and renewed creation.

Like the perennials in my garden, I know new words are nestled below the surface of my consciousness, awaiting their moment of rebirth. With appropriate nurture they will emerge when the time is right. In the meantime I continue to write.

How do you move from a wintry season in your writing into springtime?


“The writer’s duty is to keep on writing.”

[William Styron]


“Don’t get it right, just get it written.”

[James Thurber]


“What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks, ‘the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat.’ And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, ‘Okay. Okay. I’ll come.'” 
[Maya Angelou]


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Published by Carol

A freelance writer of fiction and non-fiction living on the West Coast of Canada.

14 thoughts on “The writer’s transition from winter into spring

  1. The quotes at the end summarize my feeling on the topic. If you’re a writer, writing is your responsibility.

    Personally, if I know I’m writing garbage, I can always go back and improve it. I know I can’t do that unless I finish, no matter how crappy that first draft is.

    1. Thanks for stopping in here to comment, Joe. I agree with you and others who have said, “You can’t edit a blank page.” I’m slogging ahead. I just wish I felt more inspired, but I know it will come. It always does.

  2. Carol, lovely images and a thoughtful post. Great quotes and good words to ponder. The thing about writing is simple enough … it’s something like the Nike commercial … all one has to think about is to just “Do It.” Thanks 🙂

  3. I love your blog. You say things so beautifully. I, OTOH have no immediate plans for spring because I’m never sure when it’s arriving. I love spring. I love cleaning. i know that’s weird. But to open the doors and let the fresh air in … wow, I live for that. I also find it harder to write because I yearn to be outside.

  4. Hi everyone, and thanks for sharing your comments here today. Florence, I did a post some time ago on Nike’s “Just do it” motto because I like how simply it sums up the writer’s challenge.

  5. We had blackbirds in our feeders yesterday – such a wonderful sight!

    Thank you for this lovely post 🙂

  6. Winter’s yearning leans into spring’s renewal…Leaning into spring with you.

    I’m spending way too much time on my blog and other writing and not enough on book. Okay, none lately. But I’m writing something–drivel maybe, but something.

    Love the new look here.

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