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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Mining for words

I haven't done an odd analogy for awhile, so I figured it was time.  One of these days I'm going to make this a contest, so get your odd analogies ready!

I was struck recently by the similarities between writing and mining.

How, you might ask, is writing like mining?

Well, maybe it is more accurate to say I am like a gold mine.  I feel that value running deep inside.  I know the quality work is there.  The unique idea, the appropriate word choice.  I know it's in me.  And you should know it's in you too. 

Question is, how far down is it?  How far do I have to dig to access it?  And how much is there?  Is there enough for a career or will I be a one-book wonder? 

I'm digging for my gold.  I don't know how much rock and dirt I have to go through before I find what I'm looking for.  But I'm going to keep digging, searching.  

I hope you join me!  Here is a shovel and pick for you to use as a reminder not to lose faith.  The gold is in you, as long as you keep digging, you have hope. 

Go strike gold, my friends!


20 comments:

Saumya said...

Oooh, what a wonderful analogy and one that I really needed to read today!!

KarenG said...

I like this analogy! Yes, there is gold in them thar hills!

Theresa Milstein said...

What a fun analogy. I'm always trying to strike gold. Then I think I find it only to be told it's just rocks. At least that's what I take from rejection.

Mason Canyon said...

Love the analogy, very fitting.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Jen said...

I'm digging the analogy!!! -Nothing in life worth having is ever easy- I wish that someone would have created a better saying and made it true... something like -everything is easier the first round- then again we'd all be writing books!

Stephen Tremp said...

A very good analogy. You could even make an award out of this. The Pick and Shovel Award for not giving up.

Stephen Tremp

Jaydee Morgan said...

Loved this analogy - it works perfectly!!

Mr. Stupid said...

Great analogy. Loved reading your post.

Megalicious said...

good analogy, very true!

Zoe C. Courtman said...

Perfect analogy! I'm teaching myself to jog, and that's a great analogy, too. Have to break the distance into manageable chunks, while always eyeing the goal as you go. The winded lungs and burning quads are painful - but that part is the WORK of the jog, the part where you're actually building stronger lungs and muscles. It's necessary pain - and a lot like writing. Thanks for sharing, Vicki!!

Matthew Rush said...

Fitting and true. Sometimes it takes a lot of work to get to the treasure, and then even more to polish and set it properly once you find it. Thanks Vicki.

Lenny said...

you gotta remember using a pick and shovel is a whole lotta really hard work and some times you could dig and dig and end up not finding gold. then you gotta put the pick and shovel over your back and go dig somewhere else. but you alway need to remember that theres gold out there somewhere and you just gotta keep digging til you find it.
...hugs from lenny
...hugs from lenny

Dawn said...

Nicely done! May you find a treasure chest full of gold during your mining experience...

JustineDell said...

Perfect! Perfect! Perfect! Now, can I borrow you and all your wonderful wisdom?

~JD

Tahereh said...

love love this analogy. so true.

thanks for the boost :D

Janet Johnson said...

Fun analogy. I certainly hope my gold vein runs deep. :)

elizabeth mueller said...

You're so cute! I LOVE this analogy. It is soooo true. We'll get wounds along the way as we risk our lives in the dark depths of the mine to find them pure nuggets. ;)

Wendy Ramer said...

How gross is my world that when you mention mining for gold as an analogy for something, I think of my daughter picking her nose. She would so kill me if she knew I'd written that, but I always say to her, "Lemme know if you find gold but don't spread the wealth."

Ed Pilolla said...

great analogy. we must tunnel deep within ourselves to say something worth saying in a book. books and stories about the human condition. our primary recourse is ourselves. mining is a terrific image. love the sweat and toil and reward associated with the act of mining. and risk.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Rich Wallace (author) does a workshop for the Highlight's foundation called Mining Your Memories. I went to a session at the Summer workshop and go so engrossed in what I was writing I had to leave the room and finish it in private. I think a little bit of the writer's life spills into his or her works. (Okay, so now I totally want to go to Rich's workshop this fall.)

Nice post, friend!