Monday, March 28, 2011

Writer of Many Colors

Remember the sand art you made as a child when you would pour different colors of sand into a glass jar, creating swirls and layers--your very own rainbow? (Until you poured it all out to try again, but the sand just mixed into sort of a grayish color.)(Very much beside the point.)

As writers, I think we'd all agree that we have three colors filling our glass jars, although the amount and pattern differ between each of us: natural talent (sort of a greenish, earthy tone), love of writing (definitely purple and NOT pink), and drive (fiery, sunrise red).

I don't think that it's possible for a writer to have only one. You just can't have one without the other. Even if your jar is filled with earthy, enviable green, you need a mix of love and drive to bring your talent to life.

I feel like my jar is about three-fifths purple, one-fifth green, one-fifth red, and one-fifth chocolate-chip cookie dough (totally necessary for writing). (Wait a second, how many fifths make one whole?) What about yours?


  1. That is so true. We have so many different things that make writing even possible! The good news is that we can actually develop in each of these areas and don't have to feel like we will always be lacking in one place. Except for the chocolate chip cookie dough area. We will never have enough cookie dough or chocolate!

  2. I definitely agree we can change. Adding more of one color as we grow as writers. However, now I must ammend my analogy so that the glass bottle always has room for more. In fact, I think the bottle is made out of rubber. Much better.

  3. this reminds me that i have in my pantry somewhere a jar of cookie ingredients, you where you add water or eggs or something to make the cookies. I'll have to find it and make some. But as for the writing colors - I hope I have them all, it seems like that would be what would help me be the most successful.

  4. I wish I had more green! But, usually when that's the case I never add enough red. So, I guess in my book, red coupled with a little blue pays off.



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