When I started knitting, it was to keep my hands out of the Doritos bag at night. Hint – nacho cheese dusted fingers and yarn don’t mix.
My knitting bag:
Now it has become a big part of my writing process, and I try to start a new knitting project when I begin a manuscript.
In the beginning, the luxurious skeins of yarn and my fresh idea are ripe with possibility. I can hardly wait to dig into them.
I write a few chapters. I knit some rows. Then fear creeps in.
“Why in the heck did you buy this expensive yarn? You’re just going to mess it up.”
“Why on earth did you sign a contract promising another book? You're just going to mess it up. ”
Next comes doubt.
“I can’t knit a sweater.”
“I can’t write three-hundred pages.”
Even though I’ve done both before.
Despite the fear and doubt, I keep plugging away.
One sentence at a time.
When the sweater is looking bad, I get a boost from a well-written scene. When the writing is going awful a perfectly knit sleeve reminds me I can do it.
So anybody else have an outside hobby that aids their writing?