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Week One - August  1

Seed Selection

“They ask me what I do and who I do it for?” - 2 Chainz

What is it that you want to say? What is it that you need to say that you’ve been afraid to? I ask this to writers who ask for my help all the time. Every time, I am surprised at how many of them don’t know the answer to that question. Writing is seemingly more popular than I feel it’s ever been. But what are we writing for if not because there is something we must say?

“I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We’ve been taught that silence would save us, but it won’t.”
Audre Lorde

Selecting your seed incorporates knowing what it is you want to say and who you are saying it to. The reality here is that the moment we write outside of our notebooks, the writing is no longer just for us, but to communicate something to the reader and to ourselves. Whether that’s an idea, emotion, or an observation, it should be clear. That clarity starts with knowing the seed.

If you are starting with the wrong seed, you will look up in the harvest season and wonder why you’ve grown a plant you weren’t expecting. When we tune into what we want to offer the world, we can ensure that the plant is representative of the seed.

August 1 - The first time I picked up my pen it was to …  

8/2 - If I could go back to when I wrote just for leisure …

8/3 - The most important thing I want to say …

8/4 - On the receiving end of my message is …

8/5 - To have written my best work would incorporate …

8/6 - The legacy that my work will leave will be …


Week Two - August 7 

Sowing the Seed

Write the book. Pitch the article. Start the blog. Express the sentiment.

“A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.” - E.B. White.

Sure there is a such thing as good timing. And sometimes the timing just isn’t right. But most often that’s not what stops writers from getting it done. It’s the fear, the doubt, the wondering am I good enough? But the fact remains that if you never put the seed in the ground. It will not grow.

We want the perfect finished product instead of submitting to the process. Every beautiful thing that comes from the soil did not start out that way. There was an evolution, there was time that passed. I often like to say that I am not the best writer that I will be. But it doesn’t stop me from sowing my writing through various avenues. From my books to my blog to some of my freelance work, I am putting myself out there for things to grow. What we have to accept is that there will be a certain amount of time that we will be in the dirt. Embrace it.

I would also say that the things that you want to express through your writing are seeds as well. Examine those things. What are they? How can you nurture them and help them blossom in your writing?

The seeds that I was planting back in 2013 when I really started taking writing seriously are finding their way to the surface. But it took time, it took discipline, it took patience and there is still so much farther to go.

What will you plant? What goals will you set for your writing? What goals will you set for your life? Your well being? Where will you plant your seeds? Let’s take some time to examine that this second week.

August 7 - I want my writing to provide …

8/8 - I am planting …

8/9 - What I want to see during the harvest …

8/10 - My roots …

8/11 - My moment in the dirt was …

8/12 - When I cannot see the surface …

8/13 - How can I dig deeper …  

 


Week Three - August 14

Cultivation

Are you creating on good ground?

The fact of the matter is that if you are planting your seed in an arid or rigid foundation, it will not be successful. What environment are you creating for your writing? Does it promote growth? Are you working with an editor? An accountability partner? Are you taking courses or reading about how to be the best writer? How are you ensuring that your efforts will yield the best possible results?

You have to get in there and get the gook out of your process. This makes me think about weeding. You have to make sure that you get rid of the weeds when gardening because they will kill your plants. Sometimes our writing is stifled by all these things. Using too many unnecessary words. Our fear of transparency and authenticity. Listening too much to other people instead of listening to ourselves.

I remember moving my site over to Squarespace a few years ago now. And when I was forced to go through the posts, I thought, “a lot of this just isn’t that good.” I had to pivot. I had to change the tone. I had to say, how can I improve this to be as fruitful as I would like it to be to get to my next level? Well, honestly that process started with moving my site. My website wasn’t comparing to the others that I frequented. I had to step my game up.

Like farmers anticipate the rain, this was the process of watering my work. I had to give it fuel to continue to grow. I had to nurture it and this process is continuous.

Your writing is a garden, it requires cultivating.

August 14 - I am refilling by …

8/15 - What are the weeds that are choking your ability to write? How can you begin the pruning process?

8/16 - Are you creating in a space that makes you excited? Happy? Are you creating the best display for your writing?

8/17 - The rain that I’m thankful for …

8/18 - Choose a piece of your writing you would like to refine. Edit it. How much can you dice to make the message as clear as possible?

8/19 - The concept that I’ve yet to explore …

8/20 -  To stretch in my writing, I need to …

 


Week Four - August 21

Harvest

“Striving for success without hard work, is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.”
- David Bly.

Farmers are patient with their harvest. They wait for the land to yield their valuable crop. Writing has never been about quick results. But in the time that we live in, everything suffers from this microwave idea that we pop something in and immediately get the results that we’ve been waiting for.

I have literally been writing all my life. Since I could write. Yet, I am still becoming as a writer. I am still honing the craft, learning new ways to communicate more effectively, write with more color, and remain true to my voice.

The harvest will be a direct result of your process. Your seed selection. Your sowing. Your cultivation of the ground in which you planted. The watering. But the question tends to be, will you be able to see it through?

Will you write daily? Will you explore the ideas that keep festering in your brain that you won’t write down? Will you read? Will you do the work? These things will affect your fruit. Are you ready to blossom?

We are most overjoyed by the harvest season. But it takes work to get there. It takes writing daily. It takes writing multiple drafts. It takes a TON of reading and learning.

But the moment that we get there. The moment that we can see the blossom, after the pruning and watering and cultivation, we can smile. We can look back and say, this is what I’ve done. This is my life’s work. This is how my words will live well past my physical being.

This is the harvest, our moment to rejoice, only to start the process all over again. This is why we must fall in love with the process and not just the results.

“I write more of the books everyday and pray for my characters like seeds for an on-time God/an on-time crop. Whatdya’ call this look of yours Té? I call it harvest.” Té V. Smith

August 21 - The season I am in currently …

8/22 - If I am not in harvest, what I need to get there is …

8/23 - Does your harvest reflect the seed?  

8/24 - As I reap, I will continue to sow for …

8/25 - I give thanks …

8/26 - How I’m preparing to begin the cycle all over again …

8/27 - What I have yielded this harvest …