Day 166– 2,024 Words/Day Process Log – No One Knows Anything

No one knows anything is a phrase I kept hearing over and over again when it came to the stock market. If someone tells you that something is a “sure thing” or they can predict the future, they are lying.

I’ve found the same can be said about gardening. No one knows anything because what works for one gardener with one garden will be different than what works for another and then there are the changes that happen year over year. I found this out quickly when I joined a Facebook gardening group. The question of what should I do I do about a BLAH problem will come up with fifty-eleven million answers. And each one will be right. Because that’s what worked for that gardener in their garden.

The best I can do when it comes to gardening is just to keep experimenting and keep my experimenting to a place where it’s not painful to fail. I’m currently experimenting with growing 4 different varieties of green beans and 4 different varieties of cucumbers. It’s definitely a test garden situation.

In planning a writing career, it’s definitely true. I listen to those who are where I want to be, but now I know that every path is different because, just like every garden is different – different soil, different location, different vegetables being grown, every writer is different. Every writer has a different temperament, different strengths, different interests, and they are entering the market at a different time. Then there’s luck.

I used to get stuck on the fact that my writing path wasn’t following the route I had in my mind as the way that it should go. Gardening is helping me realize that it’s more important to to experiment, play, don’t risk what I can’t lose, keep notes of what work works, learn from others while holding their advice loose, and learn how to ride the waves of change instead of seeking to tame them.

No one knows anything, but by paying attention, running experiments, and adjusting, maybe I can learn just a little bit more about what works for me.

Keep moving forward. Keep getting better.

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About Irette Y Patterson

Irette Y Patterson is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and romance. She has been published in FIYAH, Strange Horizons, Translunar Travelers Lounge and on the website of The Saturday Evening Post. When not writing, you can find her digging around in her garden or catching the latest musical in the theater.
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