Writing is like grouting, I think, proclaiming the insight in my head, just as gardening is like writing, and yardwork is like writing.
Everything is like writing and writing is like everything.
There is knowledge to be learned and insights that you find and apply. You find your rythm within every activity or you fall short. Does not a cook know how to measure the ingredients and how and when to substitute and how?
The mathmatician looks at the strings of equations and solve for their variables just as a writer does. Quarterback progress through their reads as writers progress through reads and revisions.
Musicians tune instruments and learn what makes their sound unique and special. Artists study subjects and landscapes, selecting mediums and tools, and sculptors prowl around their materials, waiting for shapes to emerge.
Gardners till and sow, and pull and weed, and water and harvest.
And grouting, oh, grouting. You must learn patience to apply the grout, and caution to wipe away the excess. You must know when enough pressure is enough and too much pressure is too much. You must apply and study, and think of what's been done, and what needs done next, and go on, and then know when to stop.
Isn't that all like writing?
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com