I snapped this picture of a windmill one day while driving around Newport. I've always found windmills interesting and kind of poetic.
Evidently, others do too. Alan and Marilyn Bergman wrote the lyrics to Windmills of Your Mind. Some of those lyrics are: "Like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel, never ending or beginning, on an ever-spinning reel, as the images unwind like the circles that you find in the windmills of your mind."
I think writing is a lot like that. Sometimes I feel like I'm going 'round and 'round, never really getting anywhere. Writers need to see change and feel a sense of accomplishment and growth. Like those characters in our stories, if there is no growth along the way, our writing will suffer.
I need to stop being a windmill and be more like a rocket. I want to blast off into the solar system and get somewhere as fast as possible.
But as most of us know, the writing life just isn't like that.
The wheels are turning slowly.