In the Green Sublime
What Do Writing a Novel and Tending a Garden Have In Common? by Naheed Phiroze Patel
I can’t think of a better metaphor for writing than gardening. All the work one has to do outside–cleaning the debris from last year, tilling the soil, planting, waiting for germination, waiting for plants to grow and bloom/produce. Every year, if we have them, we side-eye our gardens thinking about what can be done better next time. What should be moved, and where? Editing, editing, editing.
We’re never truly satisfied, and so it is with our books as we coddle them through draft after draft, nudging them closer to fruition.