The weather hasn’t been cooperating too well, but I still managed to get a few shrubs planted between rain showers earlier this week. One was an old favourite – Pieris Japonica ‘Flaming Silver’. It’s a variegated version of several other pieris that have grown well here through the years.
In our moderate climate it’s evergreen. The first growth in springtime is its flowers… panicles of small creamy white ones that dangle an enticing fragrance. Soon new leaves appear, but they are bright red for several weeks before mellowing to pink, then cream, light green, and finally settling in to their summertime hue of dark green.
This shrub obviously does things in reverse of the usual fall ritual when the chlorophyll in the green leaves of my Burning Bush shrub begins to degrade and the foliage changes to a fiery red for a few weeks before fluttering to the ground.
Does it matter whether the leaves begin red in spring, or finish red at the end of the season? Of course not. Neither is the only correct way. It’s what’s right for that particular plant. The different growth patterns of both still result in a gorgeous show of colour on healthy shrubs.
Can you guess today’s inevitable writing analogy?
However we write our novels – straight through from beginning to end, or creating the ending first and writing the rest of the story in scenes to fit it, whether pantsing or plotting, using the Hero’s Journey, Snowflake method or no method – it doesn’t really matter because once the story is complete, nobody will care how it came to be. They will only care that it is a beautiful story.
Do you have a system of writing that works especially well for you? How does it differ from what other writers might do, or from what you originally tried or were taught?