Shift is already on my Kindle ready to be read and until July 31st you can get your own copy for just $1.50!
I hope you all enjoy Elle's guest blog and check out her book! Also make sure you enter this weeks contest for your chance to win a copy of Shift! There are two copies up for grabs!
And that got me thinking: some of the things I love most about sewing, are the very same things I love about writing.
No, seriously—hear me out on this one:
Sewing: Follow the pattern’s directions and you will always come out with a garment. Sometimes it’s not exactly what you expected, but it’s finished nonetheless.
Writing: If I follow my own rules and stick to my outline, I will always end up with a finished manuscript. Sometimes it’s not exactly what I expected, but it’s a finished piece and I’m happy with that, at the very least.
Choosing Appropriate Materials
Sewing: I can change the look and feel of the finished product by choosing one fabric, button, snap or bead over another. Example: Blue jersey knit versus brown herringbone tweed
Writing: I can change the feel of a story by changing character facts and history, and/or by making small adjustments to the setting or other details.
If I make a royal mistake, I might have to start over
Sewing: If I mis-sew a seam or sew a button in the wrong place, I’ll have no other choice than to rip out the stitches and start again. Sometimes it’s only the one seam that is affected; other times, the one mistake may have a detrimental effect on other facets of the piece and require more severe revision (especially if the mistake is not caught quickly.)
Writing: If I write a scene that makes no sense (probably because I failed to follow my own rules) or force my characters to make a decision that would not be in their nature, I have no choice but to go back and heavily revise the scene (or, more likely, delete it and rewrite.) If I catch my mistake soon enough, only that one scene may be affected. If I don’t pay close enough attention, however, that one mistake could end up having implications in all the scenes following, requiring a much more intensive bought of rework.
That moment when nothing becomes something
Sewing: “Look! It’s an actual garment now!” (Instead of pieces of amorphous fabric!) “I can’t wait to see what it looks like when it’s all finished!”
Writing: Suddenly characters take on a life of their own; they develop feeling and weight. They experience conflict, both internal and external. In that moment, the story I’m writing goes from something I’m working on, to something I have a compulsion to finish.
See?! Cool, right?
Sometimes, my sewing is inspired by a character I might be writing at the time. Hopefully I’ll get to post some pics of past sewing projects and other’s finished pieces that remind me of upcoming characters from a new series scheduled to release this Winter. In the mean time, you can read characters studies from SHIFT and other random musings on my blog, Creadium.
Elle wrote her first novel at the age of 16. Then she wrote a sequel. More than ten years later, those first manuscripts are accompanied by many companions. An indie author with imagination and heart, Elle writes smart, compelling Young Adult and New Adult contemporary fantasies that feature strong female leads and real relationships.
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