- Your stories are your flowers; some bloom exceeding your expectations, some grow, some struggle to grow, some reappear each year but never come to anything and some just wither away.
- You find yourself doing your own form of weeding – editing. Some typos and grammar issues are just like weeds – persistent and infuriating.
- A keen gardener talks to their flowers and a keen writer speaks to their unfinished draft novel. As a writer you will often be heard muttering words of encouragement to your 34k word masterpiece.
- Gardeners can get competitive and so can writers. Just like the gardener boasts about the size of their tomatoes, a writer will also be heard raving about how many words they hammered out during their last writing session.
- Gardeners like visitors to comment on their flowers and shrubs. If the comment is perceived to be negative a gardener might take action like chasing the person, who gave the comment, out of their garden. Writers also seek comments on their stories. If comments are perceived to be negative a writer might also take action like turning the reviewer into one of their annoying minor characters.
- Worms are a gardener’s best friend. These little fellas help break down compost and help to make it easy for water and air to circulate within the soil. Tweets are a writer’s best friend. These little fellas (only 140 characters long) help grow a writer’s online platform, attract readers to their work and distract the writer from doing any sort of work.
- Gardeners have their work cut out in the fight against slugs as they can destroy their garden. Writers have their work cut out against their own form of slugs – writing demons. These literary slugs can destroy their stories and take a lot of work to banish.
- After a reviewer has hacked your story apart with what they called ‘constructive criticism’ it can feel similar to someone trampling over your beautiful garden.
- Your garden changes as the seasons pass. Your writing develops as the season pass too. At the start of the year you are full of literary hope, light and growth. By the end of the year you just want to sit in the dark, drink mulled wine and forget you ever wrote anything.
- In the same way the gardener enjoys pottering in their shed for large amounts of time the writer also does their own form of pottering – not in a shed – but in their head! This is how writers potter, sat in front of their laptop / notepad staring into space.
- In the same way a garden can reek of dung (manure) so can a writer’s first draft! These initial creations can rival any types of manure in terms of stink potential.
This was my entry into Rachael Ritchey’s (Author of the Beauty Thief) blog battle contest.
For more information on the contest and to read other entries please click here.
This week’s word was worm.
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