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The Your Writer Garden

By Scott Nicholson

Some people think I am a writer.

I am actually an organic gardener.

I love to dig in the dirt. I love drive my beat-up old truck to my neighbor’s cow pasture and load it up with manure. I love to plant my seeds and watch each plant develop its individual personality. I say a prayer when I harvest them and eat them, because I am grateful. My passion is saving heirloom, non-genetically-modified plant seeds because I believe the corporate hybrids have many risks—control is one, cost is one, and biological collapse is another. Tomorrow, we will still need to eat.

So writing to me is just a means to that end—my real business. But it is bigger than that, and more organic than that. My writing is a garden just as my life is a garden. I plant seeds and share. Sure, there will be drought, freeze, famine, and blight, but the seeds carry over to the next season.

I think part of our challenge as creators (and "marketing" and "idea sharing" take just as much creativity as "writing" or "idea sharing" in a book, if not more) is to break away from preconceptions and limitations we place on ourselves.

It doesn't make mathematical or logical sense, but the more I give away, the more I grow—not just money, which is just another "idea," but in people and warmth and new ideas. I now meet lots of cool people through "marketing"—because I don't market anymore. I killed myself trying to sell books and push books and pimp books, I have done every absurd thing in the Marketing 101 bibles, and I probably annoyed a lot of people. And it really didn't work all that well, and it was work, not fun. Gardening is fun. It is my spirit place, one good connection to the conduits in which I believe.

Now I grow attraction. My creativity garden is just like my dirt garden—I plant seeds, grow stuff, eat, share seeds, and my neighbor shares seeds and food and growing tips. And we all eat.

That may be la-la fairy-babble for writers weaned on all the "Must-do Tips for Book Marketing!!!" or “Robo-Tweet Your Personalized Brand!” or "How I sold a Million Books and YOU CAN, TOO!!!! (if you give me $5)." I am done with all that! I can walk away after this year if I can grow better gardens somewhere else. Writing is a means to the bigger garden for me.

And I now only work and play and dig with people who believe in adding value and growing the bigger garden. I don't do stuff just to make money, or help other people make money. If I can’t see “value-added” on every aspect for everyone, I walk away. I don’t need it. Greed and desire and ego poison my garden.

The irony is that I am now “successful” in some bizarre, subjective writing sense, so people look to me as an example, which is the only reason I am writing this blog post. I don’t care if you buy my books. Really. My “idea boxes” under the name of “books” are there if you want them, but 7 billion people will never want them. The idea boxes themselves are miniature gardens. They just come in different forms, but they are all seeds.

What’s in your garden, and how are you tending it today?



CREATIVE SPIRIT is Scott Nicholson’s revised edition of the 2004 U.S. paperback THE MANOR. Scott is Kindle bestselling author of 12 novels, including THE RED CHURCH, DISINTEGRATION, LIQUID FEAR, and SPEED DATING WITH THE DEAD. Connect with Scott on Facebook, Goodreads, LibraryThing, Twitter, blogspot, website or Amazon page. He’s also written The Indie Journey to help writers find happiness in their careers. It’s available at available at Amazon,, and Smashwords.





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