Day 152 – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log – Happier Writing

If you haven’t figured it out, yet, I’m using this blog as a sort of journal. And one thing I realized this morning is that I’m happier writing. I’m happier having goals and challenges and I’m happier sitting with that feeling, that not knowing if I’ll be able to reach the goals I’ve set for myself.

It’s easier to write on the same computer at the same time and in the same chair, too. Because the only thing that I do in this particular space is write, it helps to overcome resistance – here I am to sit down and make stuff up and have a good time.

I’m going to sacrifice some plants, probably a good half of the plants that I started from seed. My sister said she wanted some sauce tomato plants so I started some and some cherry tomato plants. So far, I’ve gotten no takers so instead of throwing them in the compost bin, I’ve decided to experiment on them. I have the margin to do so.

Margin, by the way, is another topic I write about regularly because I’ve come to believe that having margin is the key to success. I have space to screw up and play around with different varieties because my household is not dependent on what I grow.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s helpful, but it’s not needed. And because the produce is not needed for the house to function, it’s not so serious. I can play around with container gardening or different homemade pest sprays and companion planting just to see if it works.

I’ve put too much pressure on my writing in the past because it had to “perform” to a certain degree. I needed it to make money to for me to have status or for me to have a sort of legacy that I once existed on this planet.

As I get older, my writing doesn’t need to do any of that. The best gardeners have killed the most plants and understand that someone else’s garden may not work like their garden. It’s a different eco-system. It’s an adventure because every morning when I walk the garden in my rainbow Crocs, sipping on my black coffee, I see something different.

Did the hot chili spice really deter whatever is eating my seedlings? Did the pumpkin plants I planted last evening make it through the night? Can I fit a couple of marigolds next to the bell pepper plants?  Do I need to dump some more compost over the experimental potatoes? It’s a journey, just like writing, like any other creative venture.

It’s walking the garden in the morning or, in the case of writing, coming to the page.

Keep moving forward. Keep getting better.

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Day 152

Words Written To Date/Word Goals To Be On Track/Yearly Goal

224,854/ 307,648/740,782

About Irette Y Patterson

Irette Y Patterson is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and romance. She has been published in FIYAH, Strange Horizons, Translunar Travelers Lounge and on the website of The Saturday Evening Post. When not writing, you can find her digging around in her garden or catching the latest musical in the theater.
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