The last vestiges of snow melted from my backyard yesterday, leaving me with a view of spring.
Crumbled leaves, broken flower stems and matted grass litter my little corner of heaven. My passion for spring runs deep. I love the pungent odor of newly turned soil, the cleansing scent of spring showers and the perfume of fresh blooms. My fingers itch just typing this.
In much the same way, I love editing a newly finished manuscript. There is so much debris that needs swept aside, words that can be cut and hauled away, scenes that can be transplanted and new ideas incorporated to flesh out the story.
Gardening and editing are two of my favorite things. They both require creativity and organization. And when they are complete, the end product is delightful. My garden is my favorite place to write. It inspires me. My writing is always richer when I’ve had a chance to phyically mold and shape my outdoor office.
I cant imagine one without the other.
What are you passionate about? How does your other passion complement your writing? How is the process of each similar?