The other day I was doing a puzzle with my daughter, Pretty Girl. She started with only pulling half the pieces in the box out. She doesn't understand yet the idea of the whole picture. She sees little flashes of color and thinks they're pretty and tries to smash them together regardless of fit. I tried to explain that picture isn't complete without the background, edges and neutral colors that make the bright colors seem brighter. But at three years old this concept is a little difficult for her.
When we write we need to use all our puzzle pieces. We need the idea, the flashes of color, but we also need the craft, the grammar, the dedication that hold those flashes together. Grammar may not be the most exciting puzzle piece (and if it is don't tell me cause then I'll worry about your mental state) but it's a puzzle piece that can make the story shine. It's grammar that get's the idea across appropriately so readers can understand what you're saying.
We can try to just write the shiny bits and smash them together into a story, but when you step back from the puzzle and look at the whole we'll be able to see the missing pieces and awkward fit. So go ahead and pull all the puzzle pieces from the box. Dust off your unused writing skills and lets see what kind of picture we can write today.
What other writing puzzle pieces can you think of?