In a post about writing clarity, I'm being clear as mud.
So let me explain.
A few days ago, I was sitting in the backyard of a friend. Gorgeous summer night, and the surroundings were gorgeous, too: neatly mowed lawn and perfectly weeded and edged garden beds.
I thought to my own backyard, which is full of flowers, but in a wild, uncontrolled way. My husband's currently working on a garden path when he has time and let's just say you might see a weed or two back there.
The comparison of my friend's perfect back yard with my own wild one made me feel bad for a bit.
But then I remembered something: earlier this year, after a valiant but losing battle with weeds in the front garden beds, I got very clear about something. And that something was that I didn't want to spend a lot of time gardening. This year I hate gardening. (I reserve the right to love it again in the future, as I have in the past.) This year I want to focus on writing my novel and working on my business.
Clarity for this writer.
Which makes my life so much easier. Because I know that I have goals other than a perfect garden in mind, I don't have to waste time making myself feel bad about it. And this goes for other things, too.
Which is where the clarity about writing comes in.
I know exactly what I want to work on in the next few months: my next novel, my writing retreats, my novel-writing class, and my coaching. You may also know exactly what you want to write, and I hope you do, because this, too, makes life easier. There's no fussing about with deciding what to do, you just do it. (If you don't know what to write, may I suggest checking out my Punch for Prompt page? Choose a prompt and write to it for 20 minutes.)
Clarity is essential for writers and writing, and if you don't have it, I suggest you work on getting it. You'll get a lot more writing done. And you can quit making yourself feel bad about the weeds.
Do you have clarity about your writing? If you reach a murky point, how do you get clear again? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
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