by Susan G. Haws
When we moved to our current home we had a nearly blank slate (dirt and rock) yard. Other things had higher priorities at first and the back yard had to wait. (Front yard comes after back yard.) This winter and spring we had people help us get going on the back yard and while it is a work in progress you can now see the vision of what will be.
To get this far involved a lovely landscape plan, heavy machinery, sledge hammers, jack hammers, trenches and lots of man hours. (Thank goodness for talented/skilled nephews.)
The pergolas and young trees are already providing shade. The raised garden bed (though not yet planted, has my brown thumb promising me vine ripe tomatoes.
I think I can learn about my writing projects and writing as a craft from our landscaping. Some walls require sledge hammers. and some undesirable trees have to be sawed down and the weeds have to be pulled regularly.
The heavy machinery needed to dig and level and the underground sprinkler system are like the learned writing skills of the author and the back story, work the writer must do to create a story but merely hinted in the book. The sheds, planter boxes, path and pergolas are like the plot and provide structure and flow. Where the trees and other plants are like the characters and their conflicts, and their world (the things that breathe life into a tale).
I am sure more experienced writers might come up with a better analogy. But as I look at the work in progress that is the back yard and imagine the mature shade trees, citrus fruit, grapes, roses, gardenias and garden patch with tomatoes and spinach that I expect. I have hope I can grow as a writer and express tales as I imagined them.
This is one of the ways I encourage myself. How do you encourage your writer self?