Post by NCW Director Kerrie Flanagan
The 40th anniversary of Earth Day is tomorrow and I've had green on the brain. Part of it is because of this historic anniversary, but the other part is because of my garden.
This year we are starting what we are calling our NSA or Neighborhood Supported Agriculture. My family has teamed up with another family on our cul-de-sac and together we are going to grow and tend a garden.
Our yard faces south, so a majority of the veggies will be grown in our yard. We rented a sod cutter, got rid of about a 20'x20' section of grass and are prepping it for the garden. This adds a third section to the plots we already had, plus the neighbors have a couple of small garden beds we will use as well.
We are going to grow: tomatoes, a variety of peppers, onions, cauliflower, broccoli, potatoes, zucchini, squash, pumpkins, basil, lettuce, spinach, peas, green beans, carrots and cabbage.
I am really excited about this venture and will keep you posted about the progress. Right now we are starting the seeds indoors in a south facing window and helping them along with grow lights.
These baby seeds demand a lot of attention. They need to be watered everyday, kept under the lights and kept safe. This morning as I was checking on my little green infants, I thought of the similarities between tending the garden and tending our writing.
To have a successful garden we need make sure we devote some time to it everyday, nurture it, get rid of the weeds and provide it with the proper nutrients.
To be a successful writer you need to apply the same principles to your writing life.
We all know the only way to get better at something is to practice. Writing is no different. The only way to improve is to write, write and write some more.
Nurture your Creativity
Join a critique group or find a writing buddy. This will give you a chance to talk about writing with others, plus it will motivate you and inspire you to keep going.
Get Rid of the Weeds
All gardens have weeds as does all writing. Nothing is perfect. All writers have to take time to go back through their work and get rid of the weeds (passives, adverbs, "thats"...)
A garden needs nutrients to grow and establish strong roots. Writers need nutrients as well, but ours come in the form of learning more about our craft. This can be done through books, magazines, workshops and conferences.
Are you growing a garden this year?
What do you do to tend to yourself as a writer?