Writing is like…

This came from a Writer’s Digest prompt:  Forrest Gump once said, “Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get.” What is writing like? Write a simile that starts with the phrase, “Writing is like … .”
Writing is like doing a puzzle; you have to find the perfect piece to complete it and create something beautiful.
I’m not sure if I’ve ever seriously pondered this question but this really is the perfect analogy.  I can spend hours trying to find the perfect words to say what I want to.  It is just like searching for a puzzle piece.  And of course, only one specific piece fits in each space.  I honestly believe there is no greater joy than finding the right word to complete a sentence and knowing that you have written something brilliant.  Even more amazing is the fact that if you can find that right word and put i exactly in the right place you can say so much in one simple sentence.
Although I don’t particularly enjoy his writing, Mark Twain did say some intelligent things.  We seem to agree on this subject at least.   “To get the right word in the right place is a rare achievement. To condense the diffused light of a page of thought into the luminous flash of a single sentence, is worthy to rank as a prize composition just by itself…Anybody can have ideas–the difficulty is to express them without squandering a quire of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph.” – Mark Twain

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