The Writing Season

The Writing Season
I have developed new ways of writing, over the years, because I’ve been at this my whole life. And now I am not a daily writer, or even a monthly writer. I am a seasonal writer. I think of writing as seasonal work, almost like the rhythms of farm work. So there are seasons for this, there are seasons for that. There’s a season for research. And then there’s a season for writing. And then there’s a season for editing. And then there’s a season for this. And then there’s a season to just stare at the wall and let the ideas sneak back in. And so I’ve learned how to not agitate myself by trying to interrupt those seasons, or writing at the wrong time.” “I always tell people when I see them fighting their work, ‘It’s a law of nature — anything you fight fights you back. And what I try to just always keep in mind when I’m in trouble or struggling with the writing is, it’s not withholding itself from you. It’s trying to communicate this to you. And if you’re patient and respectful, it will come. That seems to keep me sane, and it seems to keep me happy, and seems to keep the work going.
— Elizabeth Gilbert