Sunday, April 20, 2014

Time of Rebirth

By Laurie Epps

Happy Easter Everyone!
With Easter on the horizon, it's a time of renewal in our lives. Since early biblical times, people have looked at the onset of spring as the perfect time to start over, and to renew their life and themselves.

What can this mean for our writing? 

Early Easter Traditions
Spring symbolized life and rebirth, and eggs are the ancient symbol for that. Across the ancient world, eggs were the symbol of fertility for the Egyptians, Persians, Romans, Gauls, and even the Chinese.

When we write, our stories are a little chick to be hatched. It isn't fully formed first take, but all the elements we need are there hoping and waiting to hatch.

Easter Memories. Who didn't love the story The Country Bunny, and the Little Gold Shoes when they were little? The message is loud and clear, smart and happening little bunnies who defy prejudice and have a strong sense of self worth can do it all when they are grown up bunnies. But that is what is so wonderful about springtime; the promise of hope.

To view the book and review, look here for the Country Bunny.

Symbols to start over are everywhere this time of year.
We all love to go out and buy that new Easter dress, but what too many of us forget is what that dress stands for. It represents us shedding off the old and sinful life and instead, putting on our new and blemish free garment.

The bulb flowers such as lilies or tulips that are so prevalent at Easter time are also symbolic of the empty tomb of Jesus. But Jesus wasn't dead, and neither is your writing.

The tradition of Easter baskets grew from the pagan representation of birds weaving nests together when they mated. Each bird brought forth twigs, berries, lent, and whatever they could find based on their experience. Much the same way, we need to bring forth our ideas and weave them together to form our best work. It's fun, easy, and addictive. We all need to help each other along. 

What I want you to do:  Share with us a time when you shelved your story, article or whatever, and came back to it. What were the results? From my own experience, often the piece is just that much richer because we gain experience and objectivity from that delay.

Laurie Epps is a non-fiction author, essayist, editor, and poet living in Anderson, South Carolina. A seeker of beauty, her is dream is to travel the world one day and tell the many stories of those she meets. Columns include: Monday Morning Book Club, and Thoughtful Thursdays, a column dedicated to the fine art of poetry.

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