When I plant seeds in my garden, I believe they will sprout and draw nourishment from sun, rain and soil. The very act of planting, then, becomes an act of faith.
Writing requires faith, too.
Seeds may sprout but they won’t flourish in poor soil. I must first loosen the soil, break up clods, remove rocks, extricate weeds, and add compost. Seedlings require water on a regular basis during dry spells. And even then, weeds can overwhelm fledgling plants.
In the same way, my writing projects won’t grow if I don’t give them the time and attention they need, even when it’s hard. If I don’t pluck weedlings of doubt, worry and discouragement from my thinking, negativity may well deny my projects the light of life. It requires an attitude of humility for me to learn, take advice and accept criticism. And yet, I must have the self-confidence and courage to reject my own disbelief as well as the disbelief of others. I have to confront and remove every obstacle that will budge and grow around those that won’t. Only when I enrich myself as a writer will my writing thrive.
Note to Self: Tend all your gardens.
©2014 by Janalyn Voigt