Donna Rewolinski is the author of the Novice Mystery series. You can find out more about her on her website, www.donnarewolinksi.com, or by clicking here, read her last post here, and see her books here.
Years ago, when I first started working as a hospital social worker, a doctor from the Philippines asked, “I get that Memorial Day commemorates those that gave their lives to protect America but, why else does everyone in Wisconsin get excited for the end of May?”
My answer involved ideas of no more struggling through the harshness of winter, putting away of hats, gloves and snow boots, a rebirth when new outdoor projects are possible, the smell of grilled foods wafting through the neighborhood, seeing people that live around you being out and about. Flowers being safely planted outside. He said he didn’t quite understand, but I told him, he’s from a country that probably has nice weather 300 days a year. He smiled.
I look forward each year to new flowers in my gardens, but especially pots on my porch and patio. Planting flowers around my yard gives me a sense of seeing my accomplishments. Writing holds that same excitement. Both are expressions of creativity. Items are pulled together and arranged. Plants are placed for size, color and impact. Tall plants in the back while others spill forward. Some stand erect while others spread out and over the side of the container. Much like putting ideas, characters, and plot ideas on paper.
I step back, view it, and often rearrange until I nod that I like it. The same can be said for editing. I work and rework for it to be the best version of what is before me. Not everyone needs to agree with your selection of plants as being their favorites. Writings come in a variety of genres for each person to decide what makes up their favorites. Mysteries, Suspense, True Crime, Romance, Poetry and so many more.
People ask me, “When is the best time to start writing?” I think to myself, ‘Today, tomorrow, New Year’s Day, the Spring Equinox, All Hallow’s Eve, or maybe the last weekend of May. Each writer decides when the people, places and ideas leave their head for the page. It’s what creativity is all about. Beautiful and colorful.