Friday, January 18, 2008

Crochet and Printed Words


What do Crochet and the printed word have in common. As I was busy making bookmarks for the members of my book club [The Capricorn Goat~~January Flannel)I was thinking about the similarities. Think about it.
1. In crochet you start out with a base, usually a chain of so many stitches. In fiction you start out with a base, usually an outline in some form.

2. In crochet you build on that base one stitch at a time, pattern upon pattern the whole becomes evident especially in the pineapple pattern I'm using for these book marks.

In fiction you build your story one paragraph at a time, one chapter at a time a pattern builds if it's mystery or any other genre your story will follow certain conventions, certain patterns that the reader of that particular genre expects to have.

3. If you mess up in your pattern somewhere while you are crocheting, you will have to rip out your treasured stitches to get back to where the flaw snuck in.

Fiction, that's what edits are for. To grab that flaw - if you are lucky enough to catch it before you finish your chapter, you just delete and rewrite until you get the part straightened out.

Debbie Macomber writes delightful romance stories and she is also a crafter - I believe she knits and crochets. How interesting to find how the creativity of one area spills over into the next.

4. One stitch at a time the project gets finished, and while you are doing the repetitive activity of crochet (or whatever craft you might choose) your muse has been sitting on your shoulder whispering ideas in your ear.

When you put pen to page after a session of crochet, it seems the words flow like a river from your mind. One word at a time, one stitch at a time, one pattern, one paragraph, one bookmark, one chapter at a time. The book mark will mark your place in the printed words of your favorite novel or your own that you have just written.

Crochet like the nuns used to, Write Like the Wind and you'll be surprised where it will take you.

If you would like to join the book club and experience a novel in progress, serialized to bring you a chapter a week to your in box free go to http://www.billiewilliams.com/BOOKCLUB.html and sign up.
January Flannel (the protagonist in The Capricorn Goat) even has her own blog so visit that and find out what she is sharing today. Her blog is http://JanuaryFlannel.blogspot.com see you there.

2 comments:

ESPÍRITU said...

The light that I leave you is of the color of my life...)
you have yahoo to BABEL FISH to understand the words.

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