I love piecing together jigsaw puzzles. I’m an edges-first person. Gotta make the frame with the artists’ signature in the corner, and then fill in the rest. I’m in awe when a newly fitted piece makes something out of nothing. What was once a black sparkle is now the eye of a tiger.
I got to thinking about puzzles while I was putting away those nasty boxes I mentioned in my last blog. I’m in a 600 square foot cottage after living for more than 15 years in 3000 square feet of space. I have this dream of a table in my house just for a puzzle. Never having to cast it aside so company can eat, or a project can be completed. Just a table, well lit, off in the corner where I can visit when I feel like it, satisfying my need to complete something, anything.
To organize the cottage, I started fitting boxes and odds and ends in anywhere they would fit. Now, open a closet, or peer around a corner and you will see my 3-D jigsaw-like creations. I have brought to life my in-house puzzle dream, just not exactly as I had planned.
But when I write, I avoid edges-first. I don’t want to know the frame until I am at least half-way done. Every writer has their own process, and several indeed like to frame their story first, filling in the middle only after they have worked out the plot. I prefer to let the story unfold, the pieces of the puzzle surprising me as they fit into place. Then and only then, will I put my signature on the corner.
Are you and edges-first person?