Monday, 10 February 2014

Writing and Arigurumi

After not having written much for a long time, I finally got lots of ideas for my chick lit novel.

For the last three weeks, when I've been in the right frame of mind, I've written over three thousand words a day - sometimes more -  and have just passed fifty thousand words - yay!

Only around thirty thousand more to go, then I'll start the editing.

In between writing - there are the odd days when I'm just not in the right mood and I don't write at weekends - I've been teaching myself to crochet.

Initially I found it quite hard as I couldn't understand the patterns, but one day it just clicked and I've now made several animals.

Arigurumi, which is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals, is really addictive and I can see us ending up with a whole menagerie of crocheted animals!

Actually, learning to crochet wasn't unlike writing. They both have a beginning, middle and ending and once you've started you keep adding to it until you have a complete project - short story, novel, animal, blanket or scarf. Sometimes you're not happy with a bit so have to delete it - or unpick it - and do it again.

And with both, you never stop learning. And also with both, the more you do, the better you get.
My first crocheted item was awful, big holes where I didn't have the tension right, and my first short story was dreadful too. But I now sell stories and have moved on to novels. I wonder what I'll do next with the crocheting!

Here's my giraffe, and cat.