Monday, 16 April 2012


The first draft is the caterpillar, munching its way through the vegetation, laying down words like layers of fat. It grows bigger and bigger, lumpy and spiny and vaguely formed, until it is huge and bloated. The first draft is complete.

Then comes the chrysalis - the editing process. The internal tissues are broken down and reformed. New structures are added, others removed. Flabby prose is deleted and replaced with colour and richness. A little fine tuning and it is ready.

The pupa splits open and the butterfly emerges, fanning its new wings in the spring sunshine – a creature almost unrecognisable from that clunky caterpillar. One final check and it is ready to fly.

Click on ‘send’ and off it goes.


  1. Hi Kate,
    A beautiful analogy. And the final formulation of words floats off to bring a wide range of emotions for those who shall read it.
    In peace and happy writing,

  2. Great analogy! And then at the end..."look at me! I'm a beautiful butterfly!"

  3. So lovely. A very cheery outlook on the world of writing!

  4. Hi guys, thanks for stopping by and I'm glad you like the analogy.

    Of course, having said this I just hope my Agent thinks it's a beautiful butterfly too ;-)


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