Because I was born and raised in Michigan and have lived my entire adult life in Ohio, I’m one of those people who hold on to the ideal of a white Christmas.
You might think working the phones for a flooring company would be worlds apart from my passion of writing. There are days when I come home from the office so totally drained of any creative energy when this seems to be true. But I’ve been thinking about this lately, and I’ve decided they aren’t as far apart as you might think. Here is my list of Five Ways Construction Work is Like Writing.
1. You have to have a plan.
I can hear all my faithful readers out there saying, “but…but…but you say you’re not a plotter.” You’re right. Plotting gives me the hives and destroys the creative evolution of the story for me, but that doesn’t mean I go in without a plan at all. I Usually know how the story is going to begin, how it will end, and at least three of four sign posts along the way (turning points). Without at least this basic structure, I’m lost before I get started.
2. Everything rests on a good foundation.
In the same way that a building built on a weak foundation will crumble, if I don’t have a solid foundation for my stories: clearly defined goals, motivation and enough conflict to keep it moving, the ship is sunk before it sails.
3: A fresh coat of paint can make a world of difference.
In the same way that a fresh coat of paint can make a room look shiny and new, a little bit of editing or revising can bring new life to tired or shabby words.
4. Slow and steady…
Whether you’re building a house or building a story, you can’t rush the steps or skip any elements. Pacing is an important element to a story, jut like the order of steps is important in any construction project.
5. Word of mouth is the best advertizing.
The best way to build a good reputation is to keep your customers, ie: readers, happy.