♫little tea-pot short and stout.
Here is my handle; here is my spout.
When I get all steamed up, Then I shout.
Just tip me over and pour me out!♫
He he, I’ve been chasing a lot of butterflies lately, just because I can, and I think they’re so pretty. It amazes me how such an ugly bug (look at the part the wings are attached to) can be so beautiful. Even the less pretty ones are still beautiful to me. They are also the perfect metaphor for writing.
They start out as these little worm-like caterpillars, crawling around and eating leaves. Some of them are pretty, but they’re still pretty much just bugs. This is like we writers in the beginning. Some of us start early to write and others come to it later, but no one starts out perfect.
At a time known only to the caterpillar (and science) the caterpillar will attach itself to a branch and begin to spin silk (yarn) around itself. This is a laborious process for the caterpillar, but one he does not complain about.
At a certain time in the life of a writer, it’s time for a change. We are no longer satisfied with the life of a caterpillar. A pretty enough bug crawling around, hampered by gravity. We begin to pay attention and spin ‘yarns’ or stories (fiction or otherwise) around ourselves. Weaving our words into
cocoons articles, blog posts, novels, short stories, etc. working hard to create something that will transform us from an ordinary bug writer to one who has “made it”. Of course each writer probably has his or her own definition of having “made it” or success. Whether one measures success monetarily, by the number of readers, or even by having pleased oneself, the process is the same.
The cocoon could represent many things to many writers, but it is the place where transformation takes place. A
bug person goes from someone who writes to someone who is a writer. The former caterpillar crawls slowly out of the cocoon, a struggle that allows him to fly in the end. The struggle for the writer is often what makes the writer in the end. Whether a writing struggle, an acceptance struggle or a circumstantial struggle, it all works to create a strong person and a strong writer. Those without such experiences remain shallow and uninformed, causing their writing to stay in the leggy bug person that writes stage.
The former caterpillar emerges from the cocoon very different. He is still a bug, but he is no longer bound by gravity. He spreads his wings, allows them to dry, and tries them out. Soon she is flying all over the place, testing her wings and bringing beauty to all who view her.
The emerging writer finds him or her self with a beautiful pair of wings. He or she is no longer bound to the ordinary. He or she has found wings to soar. You will know these
butterflies transformed writers by the beauty they bring through the written word.
Wherever you are along the process, know that you too can spread your wings and fly if you’re willing to do what it takes to get there. I hope you enjoyed our Entomology lesson.
What do you think? Have you spread your wings or are you still stuck as a person who writes? How do you define “success” as a writer? Are you willing to put in the work it takes to reach your goal?
See you next time all my fellow butterflies!!!! :D Imma