Monday, May 15, 2017

Secret Gardens

Growing up I loved the book THE SECRET GARDEN. I loved the idea of finding a secret world. Somewhere to go to be by myself, to do things my way. Something I didn't have to share. It was one of those books I read over and over. Living the magic each time.

I find writing is a bit like looking for a secret garden. I'm circling a story, looking for a way in. When I finally find it, the story is neglected, pathetic, it takes a lot of time and work to shape it into something beautiful. Something others might want to share.

Sometimes I never find the way in, sometimes I can't make it into what I want, but sometimes, the magic happens and I find a beautiful story.

15 comments:

  1. I loved that book too and read it many times. Great analogy to writing.

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    1. Thanks. Ive spent a lot of time searching with my current WIP and it just felt like that.

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  2. I've never read that book- sad, right?

    Stories are a great escape, and I find it easiest to get lost in them when I quit worrying whether or not they're good. That sort of thing I save for edits and rewrites.

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    1. Very sad. Go read it. Now.

      I try not to worry about whether or not they're good at the first draft but you have to worry about that at some point.

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  3. I remember reading that book--it was so long ago! Love your analogy--writing is definitely like that.

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    1. It's been a while for me. I want to try and read it with my daughter this summer.

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  4. Great analogy! I feel like I'm always looking for a door into that garden.

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    1. And even if we find it the next book is a different garden and we have to start all over again.

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  5. Yes, this. Awesome analogy...we are always looking for that next door.

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  6. I love the book, but your analogy is brilliant!

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  7. I love that analogy. It's so true...but less so once you're published. Suddenly you have a couple gardeners setting deadlines and trying to help push your work to the next level. you definitely have to enjoy the secret garden portion, where it's just yours.

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  8. I love your analogy. So, so true!

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  9. I used to sit under my vanity (where the stool should be) and dream I entered through the wall into another world. I can only assume I had read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe although I have no clear memory of doing so. Love the comparison to writing.

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  10. Oh, that's a lovely comparison. I miss that book, it's been a few years since I reread it.

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  11. I loved THE SECRET GARDEN. Yes, I am familiar with those rough drafts of gardens that need some water, sunshine and weeding!

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