The rich mix of New Jersey sun and rain is perfect for more than just gardens. It’s also ideal for weeds. Keeping these pests at bay can be daunting. The best strategy I’ve found is to weed a little each day, preferably in the early morning before it gets too hot. Too much weeding at once, and my hands and back get sore. Worse yet, I get sloppy and will either miss the roots when weeding or pluck out plants that aren’t weeds! Either way, my garden suffers.
My writing, too, needs weeding. I’m an “over-writer” so my early drafts are always too wordy. But, like my garden, if I edit too much at once, I either miss things that I should be catching, or I take out too much and lose the heart of the story. Editing a little each day, however, allows me to step back from my written garden so that I can see clearly each day what needs to be tended and tightened.
What about you? How do you tend your garden of words?