Springing into Spring
By Rebecca Grace
Some people look forward to each New Year as a time a new beginning. For others, the school year brings about annual changes, while others see their birth date as the start of a new year.
For me, there is something special about Spring. It’s more than the end of dreary winter days filled with watching the snow forecasts. And it certainly isn’t the idea of spring cleaning that gets me excited. No, it’s Spring Training.
What? Like Baseball Spring Training?
Well, yes, because each new baseball season is like the beginning of a new life. When teams show up at Spring Training camps in Arizona and Florida, players get to start fresh. Everyone has an equal chance to make this the best year ever! Last year’s accomplishments—or lack of them—no longer matter. Stepping out on the grass for the first time each Spring means a time for a new beginning –the opportunity for players to start something with the hope that, come Fall, their team will be fighting for a championship.
I apply that to my writing too. Think of how much you can get done by October if you start in the spring. Whether it’s writing a new romance, a new adventure, or a new mystery, Spring offers the perfect time to begin a new story. I love beginning new writing projects in the Spring. For certain new story ideas “spring” to life under the warmer days that carry a hint of brighter days to come.
Like those baseball players taking their first pitches in the Spring, this new story holds just as much promise. It could be the best story I’ve ever written. It holds all the exciting prospect of wonderful things to come. Of course there will be the doldrums of August and perhaps a few losing periods when I throw out and re-edit what I’ve written, but right now, there’s hope, there’s the thrill of that new idea, that new season.
So, it’s time to shed those winter pounds, time to get a new hair style and bright, fun clothes. Time to take those steps onto the grass and start that new story and hope that come fall, I’m fighting for a championship in the form of a new contract!
Becky Martinez is a former award winning broadcast journalist who writes novels and short stories in the romantic suspense and mystery genres under the name Rebecca Grace. Her gothic suspense novella, Shadows from the Past, will soon be published while her latest romantic suspense novel, Deadly Messages, is now available at www.thewildrosepress.com.