What do you do when the weather is beautiful and you want to be outside? You go blueberry picking! It’s blueberry season here in Florida. I’m crazy about this super fruit and look forward to this time of year and with U-Pick farms popping up in the area, I spent a pleasant morning picking and thinking.
The morning was perfect. Cool temperatures, bright sunshine and time alone. Don’t you find that sometimes you need solitude? Sure, I was picking berries along with a bunch of other people, but because I was by myself, I spent the time thinking about life, which eventually led to thinking about writing. There was no pressure, no hurry to be anywhere. And in those two hours I came up with new characters and story lines. Sometimes writers need to refill the well. I did it by clearing my mind and savoring the world around me.
I also filled up two pails of blueberries.
So my berry picking day ended up being rejuvenating and productive. I highly recommend time away from the everyday routine. I’ve let writing commitments, deadlines and schedules keep me from being spontaneous. Taking a breather is important, but how many of us say, I’ll do it later? After my fun day, I say, plan a detour. You never know what might come of it!
Do you have any outdoor plans for the summer?
Tara Randel is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author of sixteen novels. Family values, a bit of mystery and, of course, love and romance, are her favorite themes, because she believes love is the greatest gift of all. Look for her Harlequin Heartwarming romance, THE LAWMAN’S SECRET VOW, available August 2018. Visit Tara at www.tararandel.com. Like her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TaraRandelBooks. Sign up for Tara’s Newsletter and receive a link to download a free digital book.