Writer Tools – Shovel

Shovel

Shovel

 

 

 

Sometimes I’m digging for meaning in my novel, and all I am finding is dirt, pebbles and lumps of clay. Sure I could take the clay, wash it, add a bunch together with a bit of water, and create a “David” statue replica. But that would be a side-route, a false meaning. My book doesn’t have anything to do with the statue of David. Of course, I am a writer and not a sculptpr, so my play with clay resembles a ball. Sculptures are pretty, but I want to pin some meaning on the tail of my plotkey. HeeHaw.

At times I get so enamored with the hole I am digging, and the straight and smooth sides, that I forget I am actually looking for something in the hole. But, those sides are pretty awesome, right? This hole is ready for a citrus tree. Hey let’s plant a citrus tree. I want some citrus, citrus, oh crap I live in the northwest. Wait, I was digging this hole for some other reason…what…oh yeah, GOLD.

There’s GOLD in them thar hole. Somewhere. Hmm I just hit something hard with the tip o’ my shovel. Rock, Root, Robot, Rabbit? Nope, there it is, I finally get it some wonderful treasure box, box, box, that’s um, empty. Good thing I didn’t open this on live TV.

But, seriously. I have a meaning in my back pocket, other one, that needs to be put in this treasure box. Maybe a moral? Something that makes riding the plotkey, Hee Haw, worth the bumps, the smell, the noise. I think. Get yer shovel.

Ty

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  1. Reblogged this on Today's Literature: My Thoughts and commented:
    Found this piece to be very interesting and worth sharing with my readers! “Writer Tools – Shovel” by Tyroper on the blog “Time to Write”

  2. Thanks for liking my post! I must sat though that you are a sculptor! A sculptor of words in which you mold into a story that has a theme. You add some words here, cut some words there. You reshape your storyline that way!

  3. Sometimes, I feel like I’ve fallen in a hole with some of my subplots! Other times, yeah, I realize I need to dig deeper to get beyond the surface level of writing with which I’m sometimes content. So I hear ya.

    • tyroper said:

      Thanks. It was random. Stream of thought. Fun.

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