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This week’s writing prompt is: PRACTICE

Practice

Ready? Setting my timer for five minutes, and . . . go.

It’s almost the end of the school year here in West Michigan, which means the spring concerts and end-of-year performances are in full swing.

This past week, I attended the 7th-12th grade concert at my kids’ school. I should expect this by now, but I’m always pleasantly surprised by the vast improvement the student musicians have made between their very first concert in the fall and this most recent performance.

I suppose it shouldn’t come as a surprise, since my own kids spend at least 80 minutes a week practicing their own instruments at home so they can turn in their practice records to their teacher on Tuesday morning in class.

Sometimes they think the practice time is a drag, and I don’t blame them — I felt the same way when I was in band.

But it’s so worth it.

The practice makes them better musicians.

In the same way, I know as a writer that practice will only help me improve my craft — which is one of the reasons I love our weekly Five Minute Friday exercises so much. They force me to practice (at least a little bit) at least once a week.

But what about the seasons when I just don’t feel I have much (if anything) left to give?

As I sit in the audience and listen to the whole band and orchestra ensemble on stage, not everyone plays all at once. Some instruments have several measures of rest at a time. Some songs feature a soloist.

We don’t all have to be playing all the time. Rest is necessary, and sometimes it even makes the music sound better.

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I posted an article this week on dry and dormant seasons in the writing life.

I can’t tell you how many people have commented on the post and sent private emails sharing how much they can relate. Apparently I’m not the only one who has felt guilty for not producing? 😉

If you can relate, this is for you:

Let the Land Lie Fallow:
Embracing a Dormant Season in the Writing Life

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