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Quick write: Let the rain grow your writing

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Before the excitement of the first snowfall of the season, there is often rain. Perhaps not a lot of it, but just enough to muck up the lawn, dangerously puddle the streets and dampen spirits in search of something wondrous and new.

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Read: Quick write: Be inspired by winter’s stark landscape

Writing is like that – rain before snow; work before pleasure; painful slog ahead of the glorious and divine feeling of accomplishment, and if we are lucky, publication.

Rain has its purpose, though.

Read: Quick write: Be inspired by winter’s stark landscape

It refills and restores. It promotes growth and newness. And we grow because the rain  strengthens us, makes us taller and bolder. More vibrant and able to withstand the challenges we face.

Read: Quick write: Be inspired by winter’s stark landscape

As you write today, write with an appreciate for the rain. Recognize that the rain-on-your-parade rejections and the sloppy, messy hit-then-miss drafts are moving you forward to that moment of sudden thrill when you look out the window to see a promising horizon of nothing but pure sparkle.

Write and understand that the “rain” has a job to do. And the only way you get better is to continue to work and strive and get better.

Kerri S. Mabee is managing editor at EducatedWriter.com and founder of Breeze Media & Communications. Learn more about her at kerrismabee.com.

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