Sunday, August 16, 2009

TYMIM - Turning Your Mess Into Masterpiece

Christy here.

I woke with a mission.

It was 75 degrees here in NE Georgia this morning. Overcast. My mom was visiting.
My husband had purchased flowers - upon my request - to plant in the near future.
My daughter needed to run off some energy.

After breakfast the three of us began raking and digging. I needed to get these plants in the ground. My yard had looked glum for too long. If I didn't take some sort of action, my whole flower bed would look like this mess
which hides on the side of my house. However, this mess is getting so large, it's too tall to hide and is now grating on my nerves.

With husband at work, this small project was all for the ladies in the family. I had six pots of Vinca and they would serve as the much needed color to my front flower bed.

Here's the first group.

And here's the second group.

Top off the new plantings with some mulch and the flower beds are a vast improvement. I'd gone most of the summer with just day lilies in my flower bed but they weren't giving the front the punch it needed. Unfortunately, a mouthy neighbor decided to point that out to me about a month ago. I've been stewing on it ever since.

I'm not here today to give you a lesson on horticulture. You can thank the Lord for that one, as I need a lesson or two. I just hope I remember to water them from time to time so they don't die by months end.

I do have a point to make today, yes, believe it or not.

Doesn't all this planting and preparation and mouthy-neighbor remind you of your writing? You may have picked up a book at the bookstore of library and wished you could craft a story as entertaining. You may have been brewing an idea in your head for a while, and finally with the right kick in the pants, you finally decided to sit down at the computer and start writing. Dig in to your story. Fertilize those characters with conflict and depth. Throw a little mulch on top to make them pretty -mulch means your subplots and supporting characters to highlight the key points of the story and flavor the story.

Sometimes, you may get stuck. You may feel like your story looks like this bunch of weeds...

But this, my friends, is what revisions are for. Get out your weedwacker and tear into the parts of the story that you don't need.

When you're done, you'll have several hundred pages of beautiful, blooming entertainment and for those of us writing Christian fiction, hopefully a vessel for the Lord's seed to bloom and spread.

This writing isn't a one time occurrence. It takes time and patience. You've got to get down on your knees and jerk up the weeds. There are seasons for pruning and seasons for fertilizing. What season of your writing are you in?


  1. Love the blog and the thought processes behind it. I wouldn't have thought of that analogy as I can't go out to do yardwork so thanks for helping me think of revisions in a different way.

  2. Thanks Dianna! It took me forever to get out and work in that yard. I'd been putting it off for months and feeling worse about myself and how it looked for that long. It's how I feel when I haven't written regularly. I get frustrated when I haven't devoted enough attention to my story. I'm desperate to finish this book and start the next one! Build a NEW flower bed!

  3. Christy,
    I agree with Dianna. Great concept. I'll be thinking on that as I start to revise.

  4. LOL, Christy! The weed-whacker for our stories! I love it. :)

    Love your flower bed, too. You and the gals did a great job!