I don’t know about you, but from the moment Valentine’s Day was over, I waited and hoped for spring. After living in the South for many years, it was difficult to see late snow, feel the cold wind and wonder when warmer weather would arrive.
Now that we’ve had temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s, I’m embracing the warmer weather and enjoying the real signs of spring. There is something about the freshness of the season that fills me with contentment and purpose. I look at the tender green leaves coming out, the daffodils bobbing in the breeze, the yellow forsythia blooms and my heart squeezes with joy at being part of such renewed life. Oh, I know spring will lead to summer, when most people will complain it’s too hot, but I savor each spring day.
Enjoying this change of season has reminded me to slow down and enjoy each day with the same excitement and possibilities that new spring days bring. And, as usual, my thoughts turn to writing and I wonder how to make readers feel emotions and excitement to the degree I sometimes feel them. It’s one of the many challenges of writing. So, when I struggle with it, I’ll try to remember the powerful emotions I feel when spring finally arrives.
How about you? What do you do to inject emotion in your stories?