Miss Felicity, my Speckled Sussex
Chickens thrive on routine. They're not much for change. Kudos, to you-dos, my happy
hens, because a simple routine will take you far in life. Routines provide guidance and
help to keep you on track. You all know only too well, just how easy it is to go off on a
social media tangent and leave America's next great novel or award winning blog to
gather dust on your desk.
If you're more of a flap-happy free spirit, your routine needn't be written in stone.
It's always a good rule of thumb to allow some flexibility, just in case. After all,
NO chicken worth its cluck would resist a nice juicy worm just because it wasn't
on the schedule.
2. The Power of Perseverance
The humble worm doesn't stand a chance once spotted by the keenly sighted
chicken. The dynamic duo of a chicken's egg-cellent eyesight and perfectly
chiseled beak are winners every time. Flying insects, on the other wing, are more
of a challenge. Watching my gals leap and flap while in pursuit of a flying, flitting,
buzzing snack is great fun. Chickens aren't naturally good flyers. They're clumsy.
But, what they lack in style and grace, they more than make up for in perseverance.
They keep their eyes on prize and do...not...give...up! Enough said, yes?
3. The Importance of a Flock of Support
" It's friendship, friendship, Just a perfect blendship..." Cole Porter certainly knew
the value of friendship. Having the unwavering support of friends is so important in
life. Chicken flocks are the epitome of a support group! Flocks that forage together,
stay together. It's just that simple.
Writers need that same unwavering support. Having like-minded writers in your
dog-eared book corner is the greatest gift-they wholeheartedly understand the
plot twists of a writer's life.
4. Fuel for Thought
In the wild, chickens eat from the land-pecking up a multitude of all natural nutrients
in the form of bugs, grains, berries, and grasses is the best form of preventative
health-care ever. Now, while a good balanced diet is necessary for the brain to
function well, let's talk a little bit about another type of fuel. A good writer should
always be reading, reading, reading-reading the classics, reading how-to articles to
improve your craft, reading colleagues works, etc.
5. Promote Yourself
Writers have to don a LOT of different hats to be successful. You have to write,
research, edit, seek out markets for your awesome works, and you need to promote
yourselves. Chickens are the most egg-straordinary egg-ample of self-promotion on
the planet. Why, one simple "egg song" can literally be heard from miles away. Talk
about promotion! Now, don't be shy! Take a cluck or two from the humble laying hen
and sing your praises by posting links to your works, awards, and accomplishments
on social media platforms!
6. Always Put Your Best Beak Forward
Chickens are meticulous cleaning machines, continually flip-flopping in their dusty
baths, flapping off all the dust and debris, and then preening to fine tune the
process, so to speak. The end result is a beautiful, soft and fluffy, clean chicken.
For writers, this means editing, editing, editing. Even though you may need to edit
until the cows come home, the time you put into crafting your "just right" piece will
be sooo worthwhile in the end. Always, always, always submit your BEST work!
Now, while these six simple tips may seem like common sense; sometimes, we all need a
gentle reminder to stir things up a little. So, I encourage all you wordsmiths to always be
on the lookout for teachable moments. They tend to pop up when you least egg-spect it,
and may come from the most unlikely source...Cluck, cluck, cluck! Cheers!