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There are no Write-By-Numbers kits …


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When I was a kid, we spent our summers at the family cottage, north of Toronto. Two entire months to amuse ourselves – preferably, according to my mother, out-of-doors. But there were often rainy days we’d be forced to spend inside, and one of the “hobbies” I got into was Paint-By-Numbers. My parents would buy a kit and I’d create a work of art (in my mother’s eyes only, of course) that would then be framed to hang on a nail. But eventually, over the years, that painting would either fall behind the furniture, or be replaced by a genuine work of art. I prided myself on those “paintings” because I managed to keep inside the lines and always used the recommended colours of paint.

So much for encouraging any creativity or originality.

Now that I’m writing and publishing, I’m very glad that no one has ever come up with…

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I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

11 thoughts on “There are no Write-By-Numbers kits …

  1. The closest I got to write-by-numbers is the Marshall Plan. He scripted exactly how to set up a book. What it was short on was creativity so I’ve adapted since discovering the template over a decade ago.


  2. I have to agree with what Susan meant. Numbers seem to be a necessary evil, but I can’t say I like them.
    Some of the statistics WordPress gives us fascinate me though — especially seeing all the different countries of readers. (I can’t believe I feel that way, because I’ve always agreed with Mark Twain about stats. “There are lies. There are damn lies. …And there are statistics!”) 😈 Hugs.


  3. “and I’m happy to not be constrained by lines or colours imposed on me by a kit or its factory.”

    I am constrained by lines and colors but they are of my own creation. Father lost an eye over 50 years ago and was determined to do a Lord’s Supper p by n before sight faded in other eye. It is a large one. We still have it.


  4. So true that there are no write by number plans. That’s what makes writers and books so interesting. And yet, there are so many devoted to selling how to write a bestseller. The best books I’ve read always had a unique voice. That is the magic that is so hard to get at. Wishing you a fantastic weekend. 🙂


  5. I couldn’t agree more. Great article! 🙂