What A Seamstress (Or Tailor) And A Writer Have In Common…And Why It Matters

Last post, I mentioned that throwing everything into an idea file and starting over wouldn’t work very well for clothes…

Unless you sewed or made your own clothes.

I’m not starting a sewing blog or anything. But it did get me thinking.

If someone sat me in front a sewing machine, and gave me scraps (of ANY kind of fabric) and told me to make clothes…well, they wouldn’t. Not those who knew me well (and not you now, either).

Here’s what would happen. I’d stretch my muscles. Maybe open a book of patterns or what-have-ya.

Then, I’d take a deep breath…

then brush those fabric scraps out of my way, and plan a trip to the nearest somewhere-that-sold-clothes.

Because I can’t. I literally can’t sew or repair anything.

And I have tremendous respect and admiration for those of you out there who CAN make your own clothes. Believe me when I tell you, even though it may seem like a big deal, it’s not.

It’s a HUGE deal. 🙂

But seamstresses, tailors, and writers (and others…you’ll see) have something cool in common:

They take raw materials and make something wonderful (we hope).

Seamstresses use fabric and thread to make clothes of all kinds (starting with raw materials, an idea, and maybe some written direction unless they’re working from memory).

Writers use words and a keyboard, or pen and paper to make documents of all kinds, using knowledge they’ve gained and remembered or other sources. And then out comes stuff like:

short stories

video scripts

emails

sales pages

novels

blog posts (couldn’t resist that one)

Granted, that’s a bit simplistic. In order to get things to sell, clothing designers have to have some way to get the word out. Same with writers. So other raw materials people (like publicists, computer programmers, and graphic designers) have to be brought in to work together on the final/finished product or project.

No matter if that’s a book or a scarf, a sales letter or a pair of boots.

But seamstresses and writers start with a set of skills, and ideas to make something out of almost nothing.

Cool, huh? I think so too. It inspires me if I’m feeling a bit down, wondering if I’ll get where I’d like to be in the writing world.

It’s a form of hope, to be honest. And if you want to keep pushing forward (or blasting forward, depending on the desired speed), then hope, vision, and discipline are things that you need to keep inside, always.

Didn’t mean to sound like a fortune cookie—I need to hear these things too.

Before we close out, I’d like to send a hearty congrats to all of you out there who are doing NaNoWriMo this year (short version for those who don’t know—National Novel Writing Month. Use the month of November to write a rough draft of a 50,000 word novel—1,667 words per day, or 2,273 words per day if you skip the 4 Saturdays and Sundays during the month).

Okay. If you’re doing that this month, no matter where you are in the process, good for you.

I’m not.

But if you need inspiration, remember the word-tailors or word-seamstresses out there, working on their own projects.

As well as all the other creative souls out there. Because even if we’re not there with you now–we really are, in a sense.

Until next time,

Ty

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About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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