Thursday, January 23, 2020

Seasons of the Heart by Tanya Agler

Happy New Year! Is it too late to say that? January is the first month of the year and many people make resolutions, some of which are kept and some of which fall by the wayside. It’s also winter, although in Georgia, the days are alternating between warm and cool with little evidence of the nip in the air which heralds fires in the fireplace and blankets on cozy chairs. Thanks to social media, I’m seeing friends who are enjoying snow and other friends who are heading to the beach. The sights of the season are varied according to region, the day, and the temperature. Just as there are wonderfully different photographs and celebrations of the calendar season, I started thinking about writing and how writers have different seasons of the heart, all of which are personal and varied but are also blessings when we take time to examine the impact they have on us.

The calendar plays a definite role in the seasons as there is a start and end date to each season. In a similar fashion, sometimes the seasons of our writing journey revolve around publication. For some writers who are pursuing traditional publishing routes, it’s waiting for a call from an agent or editor with a contract for their book. For some, it’s the release of their debut novel. Other authors have released more than five novels and are still going strong.

Weather often plays a role in the way we think of each season. If I say winter, some people immediately think of a landscape covered in snow. Fall often brings images of colorful leaves. As far as writing, there are factors which play a role in scheduling writing time, such as work, family, time for Bible study or devotionals. Sometimes there’s a thunderstorm in our own lives and we have to examine whether God is calling us to write or to hold back until we handle the effects of the storm. Sometimes it’s sunny and warm and, on those days, I try to remember to say a prayer of thanksgiving before I start writing. Those seasons of our heart impact our thoughts and writing, and appreciation for each season can enrich our stories and the emotion hidden therein.

As we navigate the calendar seasons with the help of meteorologists, family, and different implements (umbrellas, snow shovels, etc.), so too do we have a support system for helping us navigate the seasons of our writing journeys and the seasons of our hearts. Prayer and time with God is a great start. Our writing support system can guide us through the downpours. Calendars, lists, computers, paper, and other tools can help writers plan out their time and aid us in transforming our stories from only being entrenched in our minds to novels. Sometimes, accepting the weather going on around us and allowing ourselves to cope with the impact of that weather is the best gift we can give ourselves.

What helps you in your current writing season?

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The Sheriff’s Second Chance by Tanya Agler

Broken things can’t be fixed…
Or can they?
Officer and single dad Mike Harrison doesn’t believe in second chances. Ever. That is, until he learns that his former best friend—gorgeous green-eyed car mechanic Georgie Bennett—is back in town. Unfortunately, she’s also a suspect in a recent break-in! But it’ll take an old classic car to show Mike and Georgie that almost anything can be restored with a little patience…and a whole lot of love.

An award-winning author, Tanya makes her home in Georgia with her wonderful husband, their four children, and a lovable Basset, who really rules the roost. When she’s not writing, Tanya loves classic movies and a good cup of tea.

Visit her at  www.tanyaagler.com or follow her on Facebook at
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19 comments:

  1. Good morning, Tanya!

    Before I go on, CONGRATULATIONS on your book!

    What helps me through my writing season is running alongside other authors as I write. I have an accountability partner, of sorts. We’re usually at our desks writing at the same time each day and check in with each other. There are also groups of writers who do this with Facebook groups. But I never remember to sign on for the day.

    Have a wonderful day! I can’t wait to get your latest sale! Thank you for sharing today.

    Yvonne Weers

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    1. Hi, Yvonne! Thank you so much for your comment. That's wonderful that you and another writer keep each other on track. A strong support system is such an encouragement. I hope you also have a wonderful day! And congratulations on your sale to Woman's World.

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  2. Thank you for this Tanya! I have been feeling so guilty about a season of not writing much and not even wanting to. After reading this, I'm beginning to think maybe God has me in a season of 'holding back' and I do trust His purposes. Thanks again for your insight, my friend!

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    1. Dear Cindy, Thank you for your honesty. Sometimes it's hard to admit that. I think being still and listening to God is important in all seasons. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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  3. Prayer definitely helps me in each season of writing. Whether I am overflowing with words or struggling to find words, I can always go to God for comfort.

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    1. Dear Melissa, thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. A friend of mine who writes for LIS wrote "A Writer's Prayer" that I have taped to my planner, and I find it a wonderful way to start my writing sessions. Thank you for your wise words about God and comfort. Have a wonderful day!

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  4. Tanya, congratulations on The Sheriff's Second Chance!
    I live in South Carolina now and only enjoy watching the snow on TV these days. We've had some cold days recently, but our weather is mostly warm on the coast where I live.
    I like how you compared our writing life to the weather.
    Again, congratulations!

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    1. Hi, Jackie! Thank you for the kind words. I hear you about living in an area that doesn't get snow often as I live in Georgia. South Carolina is a beautiful state, and I've enjoyed visiting Charleston. Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful week!

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  5. Prayer. I do use lists, calendars, etc., but prayer is the foundation for my most productive, and peaceful, writing sessions. Thank you for an inspiring post, Tanya! And congratulations on your debut novel!

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    1. Hi, Laura! Thank you for stopping by! I have a planner and I use a notepad for my daily lists. I love your comment about prayer and peaceful writing sessions. You are so right! Have a great week.

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  6. I'm in a dry season right now, and yet struggling to meet a deadline. We're told hings are never straight and easy, even once you get published but we don't believe it until it happens to us! So, yes, prayer and trying to fill the creative well is the best prescription I can think of.

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    1. Hi, Laurie. Thank you for stopping by. You're so right about deadlines. Prayer and self-care to refill the creative well are so important. I'll be thinking of you, and I know you can meet your deadline! Have a wonderful week.

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  7. Great post, Tanya! I love your comparisons of seasons and weather to our writing lives - - so true. The hardest challenge for me is to keep going through those stormy times, but starting the day with prayer and the Lord definitely helps. :)
    May you have productive, sunny days ahead, sweet friend!
    Hugs, Patti Jo

    P.S. I am SOOO EXCITED about your debut release - - such a wonderful story!! Congratulations!!

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    1. Hi, Patti Jo! Thank you so much for the kind words about my book! They are so appreciated, just as I appreciate you, my friend! I remember one retreat where the person said you can't enjoy joy without sorrow, and I think sometimes the storms make us appreciate the sunny days all the more. Have a wonderful week. Hugs to you as well!

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  8. Your thoughts on our writing seasons are great, Tanya. I’m in the editing season which seems like the quiet before the storm. Now I need a big gust of wind to propel me forward. :) Thank you for sharing your fun-to-read thoughts! Congratulations on The Sheriff’s Second Chance!

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    1. Sherida, Thank you so much for your kind words. I think that's one thing I've learned since I started writing is that editing is as important a season as drafting. Thank you so much for all your encouragement, and I hope that gust of wind helps you with your work-in-progress. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!

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  9. I'm in the autumn season with my Biblical fiction, waiting for comments from my beta readers before I revise one more time before querying agents.

    I'm in the spring season with my current WIP, still drafting. I had begun the first draft last year and lost enthusiasm for it, so I put it away to focus on the Biblical fiction. Now I'm ready to come back and re-read what I have already and begin to craft a full story arc.

    Seasons outside don't really affect me, as I'm not an outdoorsy person and can stay in and write anytime of the year. ;)

    Btw, just an FYI, there is an old Janette Oke series called Seasons of the Heart. It's pretty good.

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    1. Dear Lila, thank you so much for stopping by and for sharing. I didn't know about that Janette Oke book, and I'll look out for that book. I'll send up a prayer for you for your Biblical fiction and your current WIP as well. Have a wonderful week!

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  10. Hi Tanya, thanks for sharing such a great post. I loved it! I think I'm in Winter - frozen. I'm starting to thaw, thank the Lird.

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