To get back into writing, I’ve joined two of my favorite writing groups in creative prompts! Indelible Ink Writers has prompts going out on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday throughout the month of September to Awaken Your Art. To prepare for hope*writers opening to new members starting on the 14th of September, they have a seven day challenge to Write Better Together. Since most of the posting is actually on Instagram, I decided to let those of you who visit me over here read the writings, too. Plus some extra words because…why not?
Today’s prompt from hope*writers was Craft!
Sometimes, when we’re crafting our art, things get messy.
Ever since I was eight, I’ve enjoyed knitting but I would often stick to what I knew. As the years have gone by, I’ve expanded my knitting knowledge (and yarn collection…and knitting needle collection…) and have learned to make more than just dishcloths, although I still make a lot since they are completed quickly and without much thought. It’s not odd for me to complete one during two weeks of church since I focus better if my hands have something to do. Last Christmas I knit four Harry Potter house color scarves so I can use them to decorate since Harry Potter Christmases are the best. (In my opinion, at least. I guess you could call me a Harry Potter fan.)
My current knitting project involves four separate yarn balls as I attempt to maneuver a knitting method I’ve never tried before. The yarn gets tangled easily if I’m not careful, causing me to stop and unwind it before I can continue. It’s not a quick knit; it takes a lot more time and patience than a simpler pattern. However, I saw the design and knew I had to try it.
I had been further along with it, but then I decided to tear the whole thing apart and start fresh. Part of learning something new involves a lot of trial and error, and I realized I was knitting it much too tightly for it to lay nicely. While I was sad about it, I also knew I had learned a lot from my practice run, so it would be easier the next time around. Thankfully, I was right! This second go has practically flown by, and I am much happier with the results.
It was messy there for a while, and while I still have yarn balls threatening to roll everywhere, I have more confidence and know the outcome will be much better! I can’t say I regret starting over at all.
As a writer, I find myself doing this a lot. The first draft of something is often a brain dump that I wouldn’t want anyone else to read…and I feel like no one else would even understand what I am trying to say. Although it is rare that I completely delete something and start fresh, sometimes I do have to untangle the bits and pieces to re-do it, all so that in the end, it reads like it was meant to go together and flows in a way that makes sense. At least, I hope it does!
Do you find yourself trying to untangle the web of crafting your writing and need some practical help? If so, I hope you check out my friends over at hope*writers who have put a lot of time and energy into helping writers “balance the art of writing with the business of publishing,” AND they will be open to new members soon! Check out my affiliate links to the hope*writers writing stages quiz at https://www.hopewriters.com/a/33837/LjbseBgY or see their “10 questions to ask yourself before you write a book”: https://www.hopewriters.com/a/27276/LjbseBgY