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Writing as bonsai

One thing I never realized when I began writing seriously was how much writing books is like the art of bonsai.  In bonsai, you plant a seedling, trim the roots and stems the way you want the tree to grow, try to control its size and shape, and then you wait.  It's not an art for the impatient.  You have to wait to see if you did the right things.  Writing is like that.  After years of effort honing my work, getting feedback, trimming a lot, I've finally found an agent who likes my latest book (a fantasy/love story called THE TALISMAN BAG).  But now I'm waiting for the two people I asked to read it to send their endorsements-- one down, one to go.  My agent likes to have endorsements for new writers; I can see her point.  I am an unknown quantity, trying to stand out for the ocean of other unknown quantities.

 And so I wait.

 

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(Anonymous)
Mar. 13th, 2007 12:55 pm (UTC)
Interesting
This is an interesting observation about writing that resonates with my experience. It's made me really want to read this book. I'll keep reading to see when it's published.
karen_w_newton
Mar. 13th, 2007 01:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Interesting
I'm glad you feel that way. Writing is solitary so it's always nice to connect with a fellow writer. karen
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