Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Knitting a Book

Every writer starts with this...

As you slowly do this...

You may think your plot lines look like this...

And there will many times you'll discover this...

But continue doing this...

Although really you're using this...

Or this...

Don't be discouraged when you find this...

Because after some mending, it will look like this...

And you will have created this...

Which is really this...

And you'll pick your next this...

And start doing this...


  1. What a colorful post! Loved it. I try to avoid those holes at all costs, but I always have so many that I spend a lot of time mending.

  2. Carol; Mending takes more time than you'd ever think. I try to avoid the holes too, but they're always there.

  3. There should have been a sinister grin in the hole!
    Wednesdays are great on this blog!

    Giggles and Guns

  4. Now I feel like knitting and not writing. :) That's exactly how my mind and book are sometimes. I bundle of tangles.


  5. Maribeth; Thanks for saying that! A sinister grin would be appropriate for the hole, wouldn't it?

    Clarissa; This might be my problem - I don't knit. I do have loads of tangles, though.

  6. All for the reader to unravel it again...Thanks, Elspeth!


  7. Great post. Enjoy your picture story telling.

    Thoughts in Progress

  8. Mason; Thanks! I enjoy creating them.

  9. haha brilliant post- hence the phrase 'spinning a good yarn'

  10. Eeleen; Exactly! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment!

  11. Elspeth - Once again you've been able to tell the story of writing in pictures. I just love this analogy, too. Writiing really is knitting together the story. Going back and fixing those holes, though? No fun.

  12. Escellent "string" of visual similes, Elspeth!

    Marvin D Wilson

  13. Margot; Why are there always holes? I suspect giant killer moths.

    Old Silly; Aren't you clever? Thanks!

    Stephanie; I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    Elizabeth; Thanks!

  14. as usual you've been in my head! you and those wooly sheep... tangles and unwoven ends is what I'm finding. so thanks for laying it out dear person.

  15. What a delightful post. Now, I want to start knitting. But that may be a lot easier than writing, because it is so much easier to unravel and start again.

  16. I've always thought of writing as weaving a tapestry, but knitting works too.

  17. Jan; The sheep find their way everywhere. Good luck with the tangles and unwoven ends - I'm in exactly the same place.

    Rayna; I can't knit to save my life - crochet yes, knitting no.

    Terry; A tapestry is a wonderful metaphor for a book - what a lovely idea.

  18. Loved it. The high point of my week is when I finally get back to your blog and start reading through all the good stuff I've missed. You are one of the most creative people I know.

  19. Patricia; What an kind and generous thing for you to say. Thank you.


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