“WHEN ONE TUGS AT A SINGLE THING IN NATURE,HE FINDS IT ATTACHED TO THE REST OF THE WORLD.” John Muir
Now that the garlic is harvested, I’m back in the garden picking string beans. Since my master gardener husband,Wayne ,does not use pesticides (“No Syn” –synthetics- he calls it) the weeds are bold and intrusive making the task of finding the beans even more challenging.
Naturally, as I was combing through the weeds to find the beans, I thought of how this all reminds me of my writing. Some beans are right there shouting to be picked; others are buried under layers as if protected by caring kin ; some are camouflaged by the green weeds; some are not quite ready; some are in bunches as if they are partying while others are hanging by themselves. The ripe ones are all plump and green and ready to jump into the pan with the garlic.
I figure the beans are like the memories and scenes I am retrieving for my memoir. Some are popping up like kernals in a popcorn maker, while others require more combing and digging. Sometimes the ripest and best ones are deeply buried amidst the weeds and require more effort to retrieve. But they’re all ready to jump into my story . I am finding so many memories popping out during the Summer Workshop I am taking with Linda Joy Myers, more than I know what to do with, as we move along shaping our scenes into a story.
I figure the weeds are the things that get in my way..my inner critic, writer’s block, use of cliches, adjectivitis. I have to see them all for what they are and keep combing and digging past them until I find my treasure.
Literary Agent Nathan Bransford has a great link on his blog post this week from Author Janet Fitch –10 Writing Tips That Can Help Anyone which addresses the importance of ” writing the sentence, killing the cliche, writing in scenes”. It is an excellent summary.
In the words of Orison Swett Marden,” The more one sows, the greater the harvest”..
The harvest is bountiful this year- the beans are ripe and delicious. I’m hoping my scenes and memories can also yield a bountiful harvest. It seems they are ripening and ready for the picking.
How is your harvest going?