Tangled and unidentifiable computer wires strangling your creativity? Are sticky notes covering the surface of your computer, obscuring the screen? Too many characters populating your novel?
With the official start of spring, I’ve been gearing up for the ritual of spring cleaning. Buds on the trees and tulip shoots poking through the ground prod me to clear the way for new growth in my writing life. In order to do this, I need to prune both physical and emotional clutter surrounding my writing.
Here is my spring cleaning “To Do” list:
* Sort through books and magazines. Keep my favorites and the most useful how to write books. Donate the rest to the local library for their monthly sale.
* Collect sticky notes, scraps of paper and paper napkins filled with my scribblings about characters and stories then transfer this treasure trove to my PC. Make sure I grab the ones that say things like, “What is the fastest acting poison?” before my neighbors visit.
* Double check that my computer backup is working so I don’t lose files like last year.
* Paint the wall in my writing area a honey yellow color. Currently, it’s beige and boring. Snoooooze.
* Change the passwords to access my email and social media accounts.
* Make sure the files I need the most are within easy reach. Toss unnecessary papers.
* Have a professional, or at least a better, headshot taken. (I’m resisting even though I know first impressions are lasting.)
* Take some time to think about the following questions: What do I need to change in order to gain more time to write? Do I have any negative thoughts or beliefs about writing that are holding me back? What social media sites are working for me and which ones can I delete? Do I need a website? Are the writing groups I belong to useful for what I write?
* Grab a machete and prune characters in my WIP. Perhaps there are a few insignificant characters that would be better off combined into one character.
*Take a Spring Break. I plan to read something just for fun like WRITERS GONE WILD: The Feuds, Frolics, and Follies of Literature's Great Adventurers, Drunkards, Lovers, Iconoclasts, and Misanthropes by Bill Peschel.
Are you giving away, reorganizing or reassessing something in your writing life this spring?