|| One might think that by now she
had plenty of words, but for matters of the heart you need your
own words, other people’s won’t do. And hers, it
seemed, were irretrievably lost. If they weren’t to be
found, she needed to make some. She would be The
Woman Who Created the Words of Love.
Rope of Words: Making the art
Since 2012, Lin Kerr has been sharing her process
for creating the Rope of Words book, in her artistic journal,
right from the start, through all the shifts and changes that such
projects go through - including the cul-de-sacs, difficulties, and
unexpected changes of direction. This is always a scary thing for
a creative person to do: behind the scenes is much messier and more
complicated than the final polished piece! Below are some of the
highlights of her process. You can read all
the Rope of Words journal entries on her Limetrees Studio journal.
Rope of Words: Making the words
Megan Kerr wrote Rope of Words over a period
of five years, most of which it spent in the drawer, in various
stages of disrepair. She finished it in 2012, when it won the British
Fantasy Society Short Story Competition.
To match Lin's honesty and generosity about her process,
Megan is writing a series of blog posts about her own writing process
in the story, and the valuable illuminations that came from sailing
straight into the rocks at every turn. (Of course the benefit of
doing this in hindsight means the blog posts don't run across five
years.) For updates on new posts, subscribe to the mailing list
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