Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Grow garden grow.

How is a garden like writing, let me count the ways:

1. If you don't get your hands dirty, you're not doing it right.
2. If you don't pay attention to it, it dies.
3. Just when it's ripe, the pests move in.
4. Writing and gardening can both be bad for your back.
5. The more obsessed you become, the better it thrives.
6. Sometimes you don't want to do it, but you have to anyway.
7. You must thin out your rows, as much as it hurts to do so.
8. It never quite turns out how you think it will.
9. It nourishes you.
10. It is HARD WORK!



  1. Good thoughts. But tell me this, why do I love writing so much and detest gardening?

  2. Gardens need organizing--novels need outlining.

    Plant sweet pretty things in with the biting stuff like Brussel sprouts--your character should be served the sour, hard nourishment along with the occasional sweet perk.

    Put a scarecrow in the garden to confuse the birds and a few red herrings in a mystery to baffle the readers.

  3. That might be true except for the splitting headache I get every day at 2 pm from having sat in my chair all day staring at a computer screen. But with writing, it's so worth the pain. Gardening: I'll buy my produce and admire other people's flowers! :)

  4. Yeah, come to think of it, writing can be quite painful too.