Writing is like gardening. You till the soil, add fertilizer, sow the seed, water, and watch it bloom. As the garden flourishes, you painstakingly look for those unpleasant pests that gnaw away and eat at the roots of your flowers. And just when you think youre in control of those parasites, weeds make their invasion. You pluck and pull until your back and fingers hurt. But when all is said and done, you marvel with pride at your striking garden. Youve created a masterpiece.