"Sits on eggs" was the crossword puzzle clue.
The space was too long for hens, too short for chickens. My brain chugged to a start, trying to figure out what would fit. Crosswords are often humbling for my poor brain. The foreign words are challenges; the literary references are above my pedestrian taste.
But I'm an author, I say to myself. Surely, I can come up with a word that means sits on eggs.
I tapped my pen on the newspaper, hoping for inspiration, lightning, or both.
A moment later, it came to me: broods.
I hadn't thought about brooding as sitting on eggs since I was a kid. As an author, I tend to brood more about the amount of promotion I can't get to, about the reviews I need to garner, about the manuscript I hope to get contracted, and more.
That got me to thinking. If brooding is sitting on eggs, that's definitely waiting, but it's a creative/fertile waiting because something new and good is going to hatch from it.
Like keeping the home fires burning, brooding for writers is more productive when you focus your energies on "eggs" within your reach.
Can you control how many people review your book? No.
Can you control what the reviews say or how many stars there are? No.
Can you control if an editor will contract your book? No.
Can you control how well edited your submission is? Yes.
Can you control your weekly word count? Yes.
I discovered that I tend to brood about tasks/chores I'm not fond of. "Ugh, I've got to weed my flower beds," I'll think - for days - before I finally stir myself to doing it. Another source of my brooding, "What will I cook for dinner?" When we're on diets, I go to the diet book and fix what it says. And because we're being strict about the diet, all of the ingredients will be on hand. Normally I grocery shop by the seat of my pants; that's how I cook too, and in a hurry. It's never great, but it's decent and digestible.
No point in brooding about either of these jobs. They have to be done. And pretty routinely or there are negative consequences.
Dang! What else have I been wasting energy on? I can do better! I need to nurture those eggs!
What about you? Is there something you brood about that isn't productive? Can you rephrase your thoughts about it and move forward?
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