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But when I stumbled upon a copy of C.Z. Guest's 5 Seasons of Gardening at my local library book sale earlier this month, even I was reminded that real gardeners do certain things at certain times. C.Z. Guest was a socialite gardener who maintained gardens at her multiple homes. At one of them, she grew vegetables for her French chef. Do not be put off because Guest thinks there are 5 seasons when there are only 4. (She includes Christmas.) In spite of her wealth and rather over-the-top blue blood lifestyle, she couldn't bend nature to her will. She, or maybe someone she paid, had to work with it.
Writers Who Use A Gardening Model
For the most part, writers who use a gardening model, working around specific situations in their year, are responding to work and/or family restrictions. For instance:
Writers who teach on any level may plan to use school vacations to do their heavier writing work, such as generating new writing or doing a big revision.
Writers who do freelance work and can control the number and kinds of jobs they do, can plan writing around the times of year when they are less likely to have big freelance obligations.
It Lives! It Lives!
Writers who are primary caregivers for young children may plan lighter work loads for school vacations or plan marketing tours or travel research that they can do with children when they're out of school. This could also be a good time to plan to do small social media tasks--updating websites or blogs--that can be completed in short periods of time.
However, even full-time writers may think seasonally/annually.
- Writers who do a lot of public appearances and workshop teaching sometimes create blocks of time each year when they don't do that kind of work so they can write.
For children's writers who work regularly in schools, the school year is a significant period, almost seasonal in nature.
Some full-time writers who presumably can write any time still use National Novel Writing Month as a tool for getting new books started.