I have a friend who is a flower artist. She can grab a bouquet of the most mismatched flowers and come up with something stunningly beautiful.
But I can admire the artistry behind her touch and her effortless ability to see patterns and shapes.
As I was studying one of her designs the other day it occurred to me that writing a book is like arranging flowers. It’s not so visual unless you “see” words, but it’s the same premise.
- Too many large flowers? You might have too many plots/sub-plots.
- Too many roses? Maybe there’s too much perfume in the book – too much sweetness and not a counterbalance of angst or other emotion.
- Too much baby’s breath or greenery? Stop with all the descriptions, already.
- The vase too small? You’re crowding too many characters into the book.
- The vase too large? Think bigger, enhance your plot with more characters, more sub-plots.
The end result is the same, I think. A creation of beauty, something to delight and please.