Thursday, April 26, 2018

Seasons of Writing by Terri Weldon

April has been a tricky month this year. Early on I had beautiful tulips in pink, red, and orange blooming in my yard. The slow growing redbud trees put on their prettiest show since they’d been planted. Then the freeze came. The purple blooms on the redbuds shriveled up and the tulip blooms leaned over as if their necks had been broken. Where was spring? 

The weather warmed up again and surprisingly the tulips fared better than expected and their blooms perked back up for the most part. Then it froze again. 

This time I had a little more hope, I knew some of the tulips would wither, but others would make it. Plus I had a crop of late bloomers waiting to burst out. Even through the chill I knew spring was coming. 

So what does this have to do with writing and why am I rambling about my flowers? Because when I started thinking about what to write for this post the seasons of writing popped into my mind and I realized writing, much like the weather, has seasons. 

When I first began writing it felt like spring. Story ideas abounded. Excitement sprang up much like the tulips in my yard. Writing was fresh and new. I wrote fast and furiously. 

Now admittedly I had a long spring season, but finally summer arrived. I sold a book. Nothing seemed impossible. I had a request from an editor at my dream publisher. Like my garden in the summer, everything was in bloom. 

But have you ever designed a flowerbed and it didn’t quite turn out like you expected? Or planted a flower just to have it die? Yeah, well now you know how my book at my dream publisher fared. Fall had arrived. Most blooms were stripped away. Still there were snippets of hope. While the publisher rejected my book they did welcome other submissions from me.  Plus I had a request from a small publisher for a novella I had written. So just like fall, things were changing, but there was still beauty. 

I guess we all know what comes after fall. Winter. You guessed it, the novella…it was rejected. My writing, my creativity had taken some hard hits. And just like winter everything seemed frozen. Should I keep on writing? Was I spinning my wheels or was there hope? That’s a question each author has to answer for themselves. There is no wrong choice as long as you are doing what God wants you to do. 

Thankfully winter isn’t the end. There is always another spring coming. I made the decision to keep writing and while I wish I could say I’m enjoying an endless summer I’d be lying. The seasons have come and gone. I’m still here and thankfully have a novella coming out this July. After that, well I’m looking forward to whatever comes next.  

I think Solomon said it best:

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven
Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV)
I hope you’ll share a little bit about your writing seasons and where you are in your writing journey now.

The Matchmakers Anthology
A Match Made in Sheffield (Book Two by Terri Weldon)

Nalie Benton bounced from one foster home to another until she landed on Ellie Alexander’s doorstep. Natalie’s vagabond childhood caused her to yearn for a secure life, which led to Natalie’s five-year plan: complete her law degree, marry the perfect man, become a partner at Montgomery, Haynes, and Preston, and produce one child. Getting arrested wasn’t in Natalie’s plan. Needing a public defender wasn’t in her plan. Falling for Grady Hunter, her public defender, definitely wasn’t in her plan. Can Grady convince Natalie there is more to life than her five-year plan? Is Ellie the only one who sees a future for Natalie and Grady?

Terri Weldon is a lead analyst by day and an award winning author by night. Her novella The Christmas Bride Wore Boots won the best novella category in the 2016 Lyra Awards. She enjoys traveling, gardening, reading, spending time with her family, and shopping for shoes. One of her favorite pastimes is volunteering as the librarian at her church. It allows her to shop for books and spend someone else’s money! Plus, she has the great joy of introducing people to Christian fiction. She lives with her family in the Heartland of the United States. Terri has two adorable Westies – Crosby and Nolly Grace. Terri is a member of ACFW and RWA. She is a member of the Seriously Write Team (www.seriouslywrite.blogspot.com). Readers can connect with Terri at www.terriweldon.com
 
 
 

 

10 comments:

  1. Great post! Loved A Match Made in Sheffield!

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    1. Thank you! It was a fun book to write. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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  2. Wonderful ost Terri! Blessings!

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad you liked the post.

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  3. Congrats on your upcoming novella, Terri! I'd say I'm in fall right now and hoping to turn the months back. :( But still plugging away!

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    1. Sandy, praying you have an endless summer soon! I'm needing to get out of winter but fast.

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  4. Lovely post, Terri, and congratulations on your upcoming novella! It can be difficult when we feel we're in a winter season (especially if it's a loooong winter!). But during that time I remind myself Who is in charge of all the seasons, and I cling to the hope of Spring arriving. :) I'm blessed to be in a summer season right now--working on my second contracted book with a third to follow. Yet I know I still have much to learn and work on--just as a gardener must continue working on those flowers. ;) By the way, your flowers are beautiful!
    Hugs, Patti Jo

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  5. Terri, thank you for this well-timed reminder. I love these words: “There is no wrong choice as long as you are doing what God wants you to do.”

    I’m in mud season. Our part of the country has mud season as the high country snows are melting and the trails are too wet to hike. Boots just get pulled down into the slime. I KNOW the path for me will warm up and be beautiful again, so I’m not really depressed....just trying to patiently wait. (Ha!)

    Thank you for the lovely thoughts of passing seasons. The vision of spring flowers makes the waiting worthwhile. Blessing to you, my friend!

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    1. Mud season! Oh, Sherida, that gave me a chuckle. I've never heard that term before.

      I believe your path will definitely warm up and be beautiful again. You're too talented to stay stuck in the mud for long.

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  6. Patti Jo, I'm so excited about your summer season. I loved your first book and will definitely be reading book two.

    Thank you for the reminder, "but during that time I remind myself Who is in charge of all the seasons"

    God is definitely in control and His timing is perfect.

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