How is writing a story like a cat?

31 Dec

Or like buying a house? Like moving? How is writing a story like shoveling snow?


Tillie and Willa

I would like to say that I have been pondering these questions in the last months of 2013, while my husband and I delighted in our two new kittens, now regal young ladies of 9 months, while we found the house of our dreams and somehow managed to acquire it, while we lugged badly packed boxes and overstuffed duffel bags and the movers hoisted our bed on a rope from the front yard and through the bedroom window. How is writing a story like settling a snow shovel under a foot of fluffy snow, then tipping the shovel and pushing the snow across the paved driveway and into the growing snowbank, leaving a narrow black strip of sugar-powdered asphalt in its place?

My final quarter of 2013 was about cats and e-mails to the realtor and corralling old tax forms and blanching at heating bills and calling the gas company and tipping the movers and learning how to shovel snow (in Maine we have always before been renters) and, above all, about measuring. Oh, the measuring. We own 4 measuring tapes and they live in as many rooms. My final quarter was about the stuff of story but not writing story. So I will have to find out how writing a story is like a cat in 2014.

Happy New Year! To my writing friends, happy writing and submitting. It’s going to be a glorious year.

4 Responses to “How is writing a story like a cat?”

  1. Cheryl Wilder January 1, 2014 at 11:26 AM #

    How is writing a blog post like a story? Just ask Claire. She writes them beautifully. Full of details and movement and insight. I look forward to learning how writing a story is like a cat. 2014 already looks promising. Thank you

  2. cynthia January 1, 2014 at 6:26 PM #

    Happy New Year!!!

    • Claire Guyton January 1, 2014 at 8:16 PM #

      Happy New Year to you, too! Miss our talks. Must connect soon!

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