Friday, June 11, 2010

Butterflies Take Time

Confession: I am a murderer.  I kill bugs frequently.  I can't stand things that creep and crawl.  I even dislike caterpillars, but butterflies fascinate me.  I love butterflies.  Do you see the dilemma?  If I kill the caterpillar; I am killing the butterfly.

In my writing I struggle with my work in the unedited phase.  It is nothing of beauty.  I often fail to see its potential.   It is raw.  For these reasons, I will find my finger hovering over the delete key-- ready to slaughter.  But If I want to see the work become something of beauty, I must allow it to go through this awkward stage.  I must nourish it daily.  Until one day it can be my very own butterfly.

"   There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you 
it's going to be a butterfly."  
Buckminster Fuller


  1. What a cute way to look at it. I have an ugly black fuzzy caterpillar of a story right now and need to remember this lesson. Someday it might be a butterfly. Thanks Amber.

  2. What a beautiful way to say it!

  3. I can really relate to this metaphor.I usually don't kill caterpillars, but what if they look like maggots? ;)

  4. Beautiful post. What a nice analogy. Thanks!

  5. Wonderful! A good lesson to look past what's bothering you and see the future. :0)

  6. I've never thought to look at it that way but it's so true. Nothing is good the first time through and it will never be good without that journey and growth. Great post Amber!

  7. Amber, ((Hugs)). I know how you feel. Yes, something must start off from scratch. With Heavenly Father's help, you and He will make it something beautiful, polished, breath-taking!

    I'll be more than happy to be an alpha reader if you would like. I can be as gentle as you like or as savage as you need. :)

    Remember this, sweetie: "Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, she became a butterfly."

  8. LOL, I just read what Karen said! True, what then??? *Shuddering* I can't stand wormlike creatures, even if they turn into lovely winged things!!! ;P

  9. I really needed to hear that. I think you saved some 'story catepillars' from a premature death! Thank you.



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