March always makes me think of all things Irish. In fact, I’ll be traveling to Ireland in May to learn a little more about my Irish roots. And though I’ve never actually seen a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, I believe there is one. Not an actual pot filled with real gold coins and guarded by a little man in a green pointed hat, but a treasure, nonetheless. The treasure depends on how you perceive the little things in life.
Attitude is everything, don’t you agree? Is your glass half-full or half-empty? Do you make a wish on a falling star? Do you search for lucky shamrocks when you’re hiking through a grassy field? Do you think of a rainbow as a promise of good things to come? Do you believe in leprechauns? Are you a dreamer? If you answer Yes to these questions, no doubt you are a writer, because these are characteristics that add color and flavor to your writing—your unique and personal thumbprint that distinguishes you from other writers. It also develops your writer’s voice—that recognizable way you have of adding depth of emotion, non-stop action, character development, sense of place—all the idiosyncrasies that make you YOU. Imagination is a wonderful thing when given freedom to explore the universe.
I believe most writers are optimistic. They write with the hope of seeing their work published. They write with the hope of bringing entertainment to their readers. They write in hopes of even having any readers, period. They write because it’s what they do and they do it with love—most of the time. But sometimes, I admit the love is pretty slim pickings when I’m stuck on a scene or tangle with an obstinate character that needs to be cut from the book. That’s when it’s almost impossible to find any rainbows or shamrocks around and I argue adamantly that they don’t exist. Self-doubt can be ugly.
Fortunately that frame of mind never lasts long. Once in a while, I experience a light bulb moment that shines an answer on your problem. That’s a lovely, double rainbow time with shamrocks showering down on me. Then I know I’m that much closer to finding the pot o’ gold and the treasure I’ve been seeking . . . the missing clue in the plot line, the mystery solved, the villain brought to justice and lovers reunited. Oh yes, the perfect ending.
This bit o’ blarney comes to you with an Irish blessing:
Slainté! Lora Lee
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