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Welding and Writing
Well....they both start with 'W'....
and they're both something I'm learning to do well.
You'd think that's where the comparasion stops, but it's not. They're actually pretty similar. Check it out:1. You have to know what's good and what's well....not.so.good.
Oddly enough you're looking for the same thing in both writing and welding. In welding you want the bead to be smooth with some wave to it. (imagine ocean waves frozen, but smooth) Likewise, in writing you want your prose to come out smooth but unique. You don't want to be boring, but you don't want the reader to be in the middle of a squall (unless you're setting is the ocean)
2. You start out blind. Literally.
I have yet to meet a writer who hasn't been surprised by some part of the writing process. Considering what you know now, you probably were basically blind when you started. With welding it's more literal. With the welding helmet/don'tburnyoureyesoutheadcontraption you can't see at all. Sunglasses are about a #6 shade (if they're good). The shade in a welding helmet is about a #10. Trust me when I say you don't see a thing. (Blind person with fire...really I'm shocked I'm still in one piece)
3. Eventually, (according to my professor for welding) something's going to catch on FIRE! <--not looking forward for my day....at all.
For writing, this is a good thing. Eventually you're going to get going and it's going to be great. Welding....well, you're going to get going....for the fire extinguisher.
4. Don't rush it.
If you rush the writing process, you're going to end up disappointed. Whether that's with rejections, feedback, finding an agent, or anything else. With welding, rushing it is basically like you didn't start it in the first place. With both, if you rush you're going to really mess it up somewhere.
5. You can't fake it 'til you make it.
Writing, if you're not ready, it's not going to happen (at that moment, you can get ready...eventually). An experienced writer can tell the difference between a beginner and someone who's been writing for a while. It shows in the writing. Welding is the same. As soon as you see a person's bead, you can tell how good/how long they've been welding.
Welding and Writing Contest:
This post is arguably the most bizarre comparison I've ever done on this blog (Unless maybe the Query Letter and the Brady Bunch...hmmmm) Got any bizarre comparisons between something and writing (like butter or flowers)? The more bizarre the better. Leave it in the comments! I'll pick the best and announce it on Friday's post. Whoever it is can either steal my blog for a day (aka post here), get a 25 page critique, or get a mock book cover from me (digital version only). Sound good? Good.
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