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  • Writer's picturePearl Lorentzen

Bounty as motivation

Below are some plants from my garden. Some are volunteer and some were planted, but all of them brought me joy throughout the summer. For the most part, I viewed all aspects of gardening - planting, deadheading, composting, and weeding - as ways to be outside, enjoy my plants, and get some exercise.

The same can be done for the parts of writing I don't like as much.

A pepper in my garden. Photo by Pearl Lorentzen.

I often say that the hardest part of writing is sitting down to write.

If I think of writing as yet another thing I have to cram into the scant hours of the day. I feel stressed, anxious, and don't want to write. However, if I think of writing, as being one of the bountiful things that I get to do during a day, I'm motivated to do it.

Two key words in the above paragraph are 'have to' and 'get to'. By changing the verbs from negative to positive, I feel more motivated. 'yet another' and 'one of many interesting' also change the meaning of the sentences.

After time, the biggest struggle I have is with editing.

If I think of editing, as an opportunity to improve my writing, I enjoy it. If I think of it as attacking all the hours I put in previously, and throwing them out the window, I hate it.

Volunteer tomatoes from compost I stirred into the flower bed. Photo by Pearl Lorentzen.
An autumn rose and bug. Photo by Pearl Lorentzen.

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