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16 March 2006 @ 10:57 pm
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Oi, yes, again, I post. So sorry. But this is a community for stuff you create and I want to show off plenty. *Preens.* Anyhow, children, I am now going to present to you something I plan to hand in to writing. The assignment is to list out a "writers toolkit," then make a metaphorical toolkit (such as a carpenter's toolkit) and compare them. So here is mine, thus far imageless. I may just hand-draw the damn things, I'm so tired of digitially producing everything.

The Writers Toolkit

In the Opinion of Reyel

 

Literal Toolkit

Metaphorical Toolkit

Pen

Needle

Paper

Fabric

Word

Thread

Computer

Sewing machine

Outline

Pattern

Diction

Stitches

Literary techniques

Sewing techniques

 

Pen and Needle

When it comes to writing, any author needs a stylus of some sort. All sorts have been used throughout the ages: charcoal sticks, quills and ink-wells, fountain pens and ball-point pens, paint-brushes, lead or graphite pencils… but a good comparison to the pen is the needle. In sewing, the needle is what puts down the thread, what makes the mark, like the pen does to paper. The pen and needle are both a necessary medium to the traditional ways of their respective crafts. At some point in time, all authors will physically jot down the notes of a new idea, just as a tailor will hand-sew a specifically delicate embroidery.

 

Paper and Fabric

Paper is an equal to the pen in its contribution to writers. Without paper, communication between one human to the next, be it a love-letter or the sharing of a newly-composed chapter of a book, would be virtually impossible. In more ancient times, stone or clay tablets were used, and then papyrus scrolls and vellum. All forms of literature are printed on paper, just as all forms of clothing are sewn from different types of fabric. Paper is to a writer as cloth is to a tailor. Paper and fabric are, in effect, the base-medium for any project, written or sewn: without them you can’t make a book or a shirt. All you’d have is a pile of ink on the floor, or a coil of thread, and a lost idea.

 

Word and Thread

Human beings would not be where they are today without a written language, and without thread. In a comparison, the two objects work quite well. Words are what we write down upon the page with a pen; thread is what we sew to fabric with a needle. Words are what are used to make up the story or poem. Without words (much less their language and alphabet), books wouldn’t exist. Thread is used to make up the garment the sewer is creating, holding it together and making the dress and dress.

 

Computer and Sewing Machine

In our contemporary world, the computer and the sewing machine are the step-up from the traditional mediums of hand-writing and hand-sewing. The computer produces the same end-product, such as a ballad, but you can type it up quick, select a pretty font, adjust size, colour and lay-out, and print out multiple copies with a few clicks. The sewing machine is the computer of the tailor’s realm, being a far faster way to whip together a hemline or add a button or two.
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Outline and Pattern

Part of writing is, sometimes, planning out what you want to write. Especially for a larger, longer project. You may have inspiration for a plot, but what about the specific details that brings everything together? Drawing up an outline of major events can be useful, as a reminder and as a way of smoothing out the kinks. It prevents loop-holes and paradoxes. With a tailor, the outline is a pattern, used to make sure the two sides of a shirt will match up and fit together. That way there can be less room for a major error. There is very little difference in a writer’s outline or a tailor’s pattern: both help to support and create the end-product.

 

Diction and Stitches

Diction and stitches are very, very similar in terms of what they are and what they do. For a writer, diction is the words specifically selected. Rather than just saying “said,” and author could replace it with “murmured” or “shouted” or any other more descriptive, interesting adjectives suitable to whatever is being written. For a tailor, instead of using a plain, every-day running stitch you can try a backstitch or a blanket stitch, or a zig-zag to spice things up. What is comes down to is selecting something more detailed and personal, putting a little extra into what you’re making and creating something completely unique because you made that choice, be it in writing or sewing.

 

Literary Techniques and Sewing Techniques

Literary techniques are things like foreshadowing, symbolism, flashback, metaphor, alliteration, hyperbole… there are many. Compare them to sewing techniques such as lining, interfacing, top-stitching, binding, fasteners and the like. Is there a difference? Not really. They are just more ways to make something written more interesting and spiffy, and additions to a garment. But the basic principal is the same. The only thing that changes is the medium.


And that be it. Thankee. Comments welcome. And stuff. I really hate this kind of stuff, truth be told. Just let me write my stories, raaa.