Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Photo Tuesday - The Bonsai and Writing
What surprised me was the variety of trees. (A five foot black rat snake nearly surprised us as well, but that’s another story.) There were oak, birch, elm, and pine trees, all sculptured in Bonsai fashion. Each display was a miniature version of the full-fledged tree in the forest.
The same thing happens when we write. The story wants to blossom into this massive tree, its braches forming in every direction and spawning much undergrowth. But there’s truth in the saying you can’t see the forest for the trees. After the first draft, we must trim. We must curtail the wild growth and tighten our tale. We need to consider each and every branch, pruning those that get in the way or lead to dead ends. Only through this Bonsai process can we create a thing of beauty.
Have you ever attempted a real Bonsai tree?
I wonder if they come in plastic form...?