Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sun-shiny day


I can see clearly now, the rain is gone

I can see all obstacles in my way.

Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind.

It’s gonna be a bright, bright

Sun-shiny day.

I’ve always loved this song. My favorite line is the second one:

I can see all obstacles in my way.

Notice how it’s not the obstacles are gone; they’re still there. It’s just that I can SEE them now. I know what’s in my way. Isn’t that an exciting thought? Being able to see those things standing in your way is the first step to getting around or through them.

This song has been running through my head the last couple of days. I suspect it’s because after months of feeling my way around in the dark, writing with only some kind of vague direction in mind, I now have an outline for my new project. What brought on this sudden clarity was a combination of things my amazing critique group said. They were not bang-me-over-the-head comments, just simple nudges and questions. But they were enough to make things clearer, enough to blow away the dark clouds that had me blind. Sometimes inspiration is like that – a soft breeze instead of a wind storm.

Yes, I have a lot of work to do. (A lot!) But I can see what needs to be done now and at least have some kind of plan for getting to where I want to go. That’s more than I had before.

It’s gonna be a bright, bright, sun-shiny day!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Kate Fall 03.30.10 at 6:54 pm

I love that song! Spring is coming and I feel so rejuvenated. The robins are chirping, the crocuses are blooming, and I have a new idea for chapter 5!

Andrea 03.31.10 at 3:57 am

Yay spring! It seems to help our ideas bloom!

Christina 03.31.10 at 4:08 am

Spring is in the air for you! I’m so happy. Write on!

lisa-marie 04.02.10 at 3:41 pm

That has always been one of my favourite songs!

Ruth 04.21.10 at 8:21 pm

I love this song, too! I used to have the 45 (okay, I just seriously showed my age…)

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